The National Standards
The ﬁrst edition of the National Palliative Care Standards was developed by Palliative Care Australia (PCA, then the Australian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care) in 1994 in collaboration with the palliative care community. The original National Palliative Care Standards represented a set of philosophical standards, reﬂecting the need at the time to clearly articulate and promote a vision for compassionate and appropriate end-of-life care. The National Palliative Care Standards are to be revisited to ensure that they keep pace with the development of palliative care services across Australia and with other health service development work that has occurred.
The National Palliative Care Standards inform the National Standards Assessments Program (NSAP), which supports palliative care services in Australia to deliver safe and high quality palliative care for all Australians.
The National Standards
The ﬁrst edition of the National Palliative Care Standards was developed by the Australian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, now known as Palliative Care Australia (PCA), in 1994.
The initial National Palliative Care Standards were produced to represent a set of values and ethics to ensure that patients received the appropriate end-of-life care. The standards are required to be revisited in order to be up-to-date with the development of palliative care and other health services across Australia.
The National Palliative Care Standards inform the National Standards Assessments Program (NSAP), which supports high-quality palliative care services for all Australians.
Update to the National Palliative Care Standards
Thank you for your patience throughout the review of the National Palliative Care Standards. PCA is now preparing to put out the draft of the 2017 National Palliative Care Standards for the first round of consultation. Now that we have reached this stage of the review, PCA has some important information to share.
The first round of consultation will start in May 2017 and will involve PCAs Member Organisations and Affiliate Members. Palliative care services across Australia will be called upon during the second round of consultation in July 2017. Following consultation, the 2017 National Palliative Care Standards will be finalised and published. PCA anticipates this will be done by December 2017.
Integration into NSAP
As this is the first Standards update since NSAP was created, the 2017 National Palliative Care Standards will need to be integrated into NSAP after they are released. This means that the data entry system, reporting system and all resources be updated. PCA anticipates this work will be carried out in December 2017/January 2018, although it is dependent on government approval and the availability of funding.
To eliminate overlap between the two editions of NSAP, and to make the transition as easy and as seamless as possible for services, PCA closed the current version of NSAP in May 2017. Self-assessment under the 2017 National Palliative Care Standards will hopefully be made available to services from early 2018. PCA will keep services informed throughout the review process.
National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP)
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