The department’s National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 prioritises the need for early planning and referral to palliative care for people affected by life-limiting illnesses. The key to implementation, is identifying when someone would benefit from palliative care and knowing how to assist them. To do this, many health professionals use prognostic (predictive) tools to identify when someone is at risk of dying within 12 months.
The department is seeking information from all aged care providers to help understand the use of palliative care prognostic (predictive) tools in aged care services.
The survey seeks to:
- determine the types of tools used by aged care services to identify patients nearing end of life who may have a need for advanced care planning discussions and referral for palliative care
- determine the extent these tools are used within different settings
- explore the facilitators and barriers for using the tools
The department encourages all aged care services to complete the survey.
The survey was reopened. It closes on the 31 October 2020.