More than $60 million for end-of-life care projects

The Australian Government is providing more than $60 million for new projects that will help improve quality and access to palliative care.

Page last updated: 17 October 2017

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The Turnbull Government is providing more than $60 million for new projects that will help improve quality and access to palliative care.

The funding announced today includes $45.4 million through the National Palliative Care Projects grants initiative for 12 projects that will help people on their final journey, and their families, with end-of-life care.

Some examples of projects include:

    • Palliative Care Australia ($5.5 million) to continue its sector leading work promoting quality end-of-life care for all;
    • University of Wollongong ($7.8 million) for the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration, which supports palliative care providers to measure the impact of their service delivery for people with a life-limiting illness;
    • Queensland University of Technology ($12.0 million) for the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative, which builds the capability and capacity of the heath workforce to provide quality palliative care;
    • Flinders University in South Australia to continue CareSearch ($3.6 million), an online resource that provides evidence and palliative care information for health professionals and consumers; and
    • Austin Health for Advance Care Planning Australia ($4.1 million) to increase awareness and uptake of advance care planning nationally.
In addition to the $45.4 million, the Turnbull Government will also provide $15 million over three years from 2017-18 for the National Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services project.

This project will help improve the palliative care skills and advance care planning expertise of health professionals working with older Australians.

The people that provide care to our loved ones, as they approach the end of their life, are doing a hugely important job and deserve quality training and support.

A consortium led by the Queensland University of Technology will undertake this activity commencing this year.

These new announcements highlight the Turnbull Government’s commitment to this important part of the health care continuum.

The 2017-18 Budget provided $8.3 million from 2017-18 to 2019-20 for the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Measure which aims to improve palliative care coordination.

Funding will be provided to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to implement this measure.

This is a pilot program and 10 PHNs (or PHN consortia) will be selected to participate.

The applications are currently being assessed and successful applications will be announced before January 2018.

For more information about Palliative Care Australia visit


National Palliative Care Projects grants initiative:
Organisation Project title
Total Funding
(GST Exclusive)
Palliative Care Australia IncorporatedPalliative Care Australia Core Funding
Flinders University of South AustraliaCareSearch
University of WollongongPalliative Care Outcomes Collaboration
HammondCare Health and Hospitals LtdAdvance Project
Queensland University of TechnologyPalliative Care Education and Training Collaborative
St Vincent’s Hospital MelbourneAustralian carer toolkit for advanced disease
Metro South Hospital and Health ServiceCaring Safely for Australians at Home package
Flinders University of South AustraliaEnd of Life Essentials for Acute Hospital Clinicians
Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service Paediatric Palliative Care National Education Quality Improvement Collaborative
Austin HealthAdvance Care Planning Australia
Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)Palliative Care Online Training Portal
Queensland University of TechnologyEnhancing legal knowledge of medical practitioners to improve the provision of palliative and end-of-life care
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