What we’re doing about palliative care

We work to make sure you get the highest level of palliative care. Find out about our strategies, programs and research.


The National Palliative Care Strategy 2018

The National Palliative Care Strategy is our plan to make sure you get the highest level of palliative care. We developed this strategy with help from everyone who provides your palliative care services.

Our Implementation Plan for the National Palliative Care Strategy will help us improve palliative care services for all Australians.

Initiatives and programs

We fund a range of national palliative care initiatives and programs. These initiatives and programs mostly focus on education, training, quality improvement and advance care planning.

We have designed these initiatives and programs to help you access and receive the best palliative care possible.

Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care measure

Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure

PCC4U: Palliative care curriculum for undergraduates

PEPA: Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

Palliative Care Online Training

PCOC: Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration

Advance Care Planning Australia

Quality of Care Collaborative - Australia: Delivering education in paediatric palliative care

CareSearch: Palliative Care Knowledge Network

palliAGED: Palliative Care Aged Care Evidence

End-Of-Life Essentials: Education for Acute Hospitals

The Advance Project

caring@home: Symptom management for palliative patients

Talking End of Life with people with an Intellectual Disability

ELDAC: End of life directions for aged care

ELLC: End of life law for clinicians


GP Best Practice Research Project

In 2016 we did a study into how GPs provide palliative care and how much they know about it. The study found that GPs are interested in learning more about palliative care.

Findings from this research will help us develop policy in the future.

Research into awareness, attitudes and provision of best practice advance care planning, palliative care and end of life care within general practice.

Review and update of the National Framework for Advance Care Directives 2011

The review of the National Framework for Advance Care Directives 2011 is currently underway. This will make sure end-of-life care practices are similar across all states and territories.

Palliative Care Senate Inquiry

In 2011, there was a Senate inquiry into palliative care services in Australia. Our response to the report of that inquiry was tabled in 2016.

Australian Government response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Report: Palliative Care in Australia


Last updated: 
30 October 2020

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