The National Palliative Care Strategy – Supporting Australians to Live Well at the End of Life

The National Palliative Care Strategy guides palliative care initiatives and services.

Page last updated: 19 February 2014

In November 2010 the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference endorsed the National Palliative Care Strategy. The Strategy is the policy document that the Australian Government and State and Territory governments use to guide palliative care policy development and service delivery across Australia.

The Strategy has four goal areas:

Awareness and Understanding

  • To significantly improve the appreciation of dying and death as a normal part of the life continuum.
  • To enhance community and professional awareness of the scope of, and benefits of timely and appropriate access to palliative care services.

Appropriateness and Effectiveness

  • Appropriate and effective palliative care is available to all Australians based on need.

Leadership and Governance

  • To support the collaborative, proactive, effective governance of national palliative care strategies, resources and approaches.

Capacity and Capability

  • To build and enhance the capacity of all relevant sectors in health and human services to provide quality palliative care.
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