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  1. Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) will start using My Aged Care to conduct comprehensive assessments and referrals  from February 2016. The transition dates: Queensland: 1 February 2016 New South Wales: 4 February 2016 Australian Capital Territory: 15 February 2016 Tasmania: 23 February 2016 Northern Territory: 29 February 2016 Victoria: 7 March 2016 South Australia: 15 […]

  2. On Tuesday PCA attended the 7th National Health Reform Summit, hosted by the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance. The Summit focussed on two important areas: mental health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Some of the key discussions focussed around ensuring strategies to implement change are led by the affected communities, and that the […]

  3. The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association has re-launched the Palliative Care Online Training Portal with two new training modules on pain management and recognising deteriorating patients. All six online modules have been developed in accordance with best practice guidelines to help participants reflect on the needs of people and their families as they approach the […]

  4. The PCA AGM was held on  Tuesday. There were three vacant Board positions and nominations were received from existing Board members who were re-nominating: Dr Jane Fischer, Phil Plummer and Associate Professor Richard Chye. All three were re-elected, therefore the membership of the PCA Board remains unchanged. A special general meeting was held after the […]

  5. Palliative Care Australia asked the palliative care sector at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in September 2015, for their views on access to palliative care.

  6. Palliative Care Australia (PCA) Vice President Jane Fischer and PCA Policy Manager Philippa Kirkpatrick attended the PHI roundtable on Monday 16 November 2015 in Canberra. There were about 36 participants representing a range of peak bodies. Other roundtables will focus on different stakeholder groups. The discussion focussed on ensuring that consumers received value for their […]

  7. Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) are among 20 organisations around the world to receive a grant from Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Pfizer for the Seeding Progress and Resources for the Cancer Community (SPARC) Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Challenge. PCA CEO Liz Callaghan and BCNA Policy Manager Danielle […]

  8. Health Minister Sussan Ley announced public consultation on private health insurance in her National Press Club address this week. In her first Press Club address Minister Ley said the system needed more investigation, adding a national consumer consultation on private health insurance to the list of reviews underway. “It is undeniable that Australia has a […]

  9. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review is underway. The MBS Review Taskforce has two consultation papers available and a survey open in the consultation hub here. This week Palliative Care Australia wrote to the Taskforce identifying people who should be consulted about any discussion of items relating to palliative care, and also identifying at a […]

  10. Representatives from Palliative Care Australia attended an expert roundtable meeting on 15 October 2015 at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on ‘Delivering safe and high quality end-of-life care to children and young people’. The meeting involved significant engagement from all participants. PCA is encouraged by the Commission’s focus on safe […]

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