Date published: 
17 October 2017
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

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 3 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 https://palliativecare.org.au/

National Palliative Care Projects grants initiative

Organisation Project title Total funding (GST exclusive)
Palliative Care Australia Incorporated Palliative Care Australia Core Funding $5,500,000
Flinders University of South Australia CareSearch $3,600,000
University of Wollongong Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration $7,832,313
HammondCare Health and Hospitals Ltd Advance Project $12,000,000
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Australian carer toolkit for advanced disease $932,616
Metro South Hospital and Health Service Caring Safely for Australians at Home package $3,000,000
Flinders University of South Australia End of Life Essentials for Acute Hospital Clinicians $743,061
Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service Paediatric Palliative Care National Education Quality Improvement Collaborative $4,000,000
Austin Health Advance Care Planning Australia $982,650
Queensland University of Technology Enhancing legal knowledge of medical practitioners to improve the provision of palliative and end-of-life care $706,124
    Total $45,408,000
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