About the measure

The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care (GCfAHPC) measure provides funding for coordinating palliative care through Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

Why it is important

Being cared for and dying at home is most people’s preference. This initiative aims to help make that possible.

Goals

The goals of this measure are to:

  • improve your access to the best palliative care at home

  • support palliative care services in primary health and community care

  • make sure you get the right care, at the right time and in the right place to reduce unnecessary hospital visits

  • generate and use data to improve services

  • use technology to provide flexible and responsive care, including after-hours care.

Meeting our goals

Some of the ways PHNs will meet these goals will be by:

  • improving coordination between your different health services if you are at home
  • developing a system to allow early referrals to palliative care
  • strengthening community support for your family and carers
  • providing better resources for local communities to work with palliative care providers
  • meeting community needs for palliative care
  • working with the local hospital and the local community to provide home based palliative care.

Who we work with

Eleven PHNs were selected to implement activities under the measure.

From 1 July 2021, all PHNs will receive funding to coordinate palliative care activities in their regions.

Status

PHNs new to the measure will commence planning and designing various activities to meet the goals of the measure. PHNs already participating in the measure will continue to implement activities in their region.

Contact

Palliative care contact

Contact the palliative care team for information about our palliative care initiatives and strategies and help with any of its related resources.

palliative.care [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
21 January 2022