Date published: 
12 March 2020
Type: 
News
Intended audience: 
Health sector

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 closes at 5pm on Friday 17 April 2020.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email HealthConsult Project Manager Amy.Monk [at] healthconsult.com.au or angie.dalli [at] safetyandquality.gov.au