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  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. General Practitioners and aged care staff around Australia, including nurses, allied health professionals and personal care workers can access the latest, expert information and advice about advance care planning and palliative care all over Australia over the phone on 1300 668 908. Specialist palliative care nurses and doctors give palliative care advice on issues such […]

  7. Palliative Care Australia asked the palliative care sector at the 13th Australian palliative Care Conference in September 2015, for their views on medicinal cannabis.

  8. Integrated and coordinated care is essential to good quality palliative care and all Australians should have access to seamless and universal palliative care, according to Palliative Care Australia (PCA’s) submission to the Primary Health Care Advisory Group PCA made various recommendations to the review, including supporting improved uptake of case conferencing, funding to support multidisciplinary […]

  9. Australians avoid talking about dying, resulting in difficult deaths and significant impacts on those left behind and the palliative care sector has been challenged to step up and change that culture, by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) CEO Liz Callaghan. Closing Australia’s largest palliative care conference today Ms Callaghan said dying in Australia was a hard […]

  10. Master of Ceremonies Jean Kittson quizzed an expert panel at the start of the 13th Australian Palliative Care conference, unearthing a variety of ideas about how palliative care could be made fit for the future. Flinders University’s Professor David Currow said dying had changed over the years. “As we think about the future we have […]

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