What we’re doing about palliative care

We work to make sure you get the highest level of palliative care. Find out about our strategies, programs and research.


The National Palliative Care Strategy 2018

The National Palliative Care Strategy is our plan to make sure you get the highest level of palliative care. We developed this strategy with help from everyone who provides your palliative care services.

Our Implementation Plan for the National Palliative Care Strategy will help us improve palliative care services for all Australians.

Initiatives and programs

We fund a range of national palliative care initiatives and programs. These initiatives and programs mostly focus on education, training, quality improvement and advance care planning.

We have designed these initiatives and programs to help you access and receive the best palliative care possible.

Our main initiatives are:

See all our palliative care initiatives and programs.

Upcoming projects include a tailored education and training suite to support palliative care service delivery for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.


GP Best Practice Research Project

In 2016 we did a study into how GPs provide palliative care and how much they know about it. The study found that GPs are interested in learning more about palliative care.

Findings from this research will help us develop policy in the future.

GP best practice research project

Report on research into awareness, attitudes and provision of best practice advance care planning, palliative care and end of life care within
general practice.

National framework for advance care planning documents

The review  and update of the National Framework for Advance Care Directives 2011 has been completed. The new National framework for advance care planning documents supports advance care planning across all states and territories.

Palliative Care Senate Inquiry

In 2011, there was a Senate inquiry into palliative care services in Australia. Our response to the report of that inquiry was tabled in 2016.

Palliative care in Australia

Australian Government response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report: Palliative Care in Australia.
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