The Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.

Palliative care initiatives and programs

A list of initiatives and programs relating to palliative care.

  • Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that promotes advance care planning, including resources and national curriculum and learning.

  • CarerHelp provides free information, resources and advice, including managing grief and loss, to help when caring for a loved one.

  • CareSearch provides nationally available websites to connect health professionals and the general public with trustworthy, evidence-based information and resources in palliative care.

  • Caring@Home provides resources that will support people to be cared for, and to die, at home if that is their choice. Resources are available for community service providers, health care professionals and carers.

  • The Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure (the measure) aims to help older Australians living in residential aged care, nearing the end of their life.

  • This project focuses on education workshops to train and upskill clinicians about how to explore and discuss psycho-existential symptoms, and to treat or refer appropriately.

  • ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers on palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

  • End of Life Essentials provides online education, a toolkit and web-based resources for clinicians working in acute settings.

  • This project helps clinicians learn about end-of-life law and the effects this has on end-of-life care and palliative care for patients.

  • The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care measure aims to improve palliative care coordination through Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

  • This project aims to improve access and the quality of palliative care service delivery for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia, by providing a suite of tailored education and training materials to support cultural safety within palliative care services.

  • This project aims to improve access to palliative care for people with intellectual disability through a web-based toolkit and national data collection.

  • IPEPA prepares mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals to deliver high quality, holistic and culturally responsive palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their loved ones.

  • LGBTIQ+ Health Australia works with the palliative care sector to provide appropriate services and increase knowledge and awareness of palliative care within LGBTIQ+ communities.

  • palliAGED is the palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector. It provides support for health and care practitioners as well as resource developers. The website also provides trustworthy information for older Australians, their families and friends.

  • Palliative Care Australia provides national leadership to contribute to the development of palliative care public policy in Australia and promotes increased awareness of palliative care.

  • The PCC4U program promotes the inclusion of palliative care education as part of all medical, nursing, and allied health undergraduate and entry to practice training, as well as their ongoing professional development.

  • This project will design a new National Framework for palliative care in Australian prisons, including development of national policies, a clinical service model of care and a toolkit of resources.

  • The palliative care educational resource helps health professionals to use the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach to Aged Care in the Community in their practice.

  • PCOC helps palliative care providers to identify and measure the impact of their service delivery on people with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers.

  • The PEPA program is part of the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative and helps health professionals to deliver palliative care by providing training in clinical placements in specialist palliative care services and interactive workshops.

  • This project helps local health professionals provide palliative care to children and their families and carers by improving access to training and raising community awareness of palliative care for paediatric patients.

  • TEL shows you how to teach people with intellectual disability about the end of life. It is designed for disability support workers, but is also helpful for others including families, health professionals, and educators.

  • The Advance Project provides resources on advance care planning and palliative care for people living with dementia, through training and resources for the primary care workforce.

Last updated: 
1 February 2021

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