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.
Update to the National Palliative Care Standards
The fourth edition of the National Palliative Care Standards was published in 2005. The review of the fourth edition began in 2014, including an extensive consultation with the palliative care, aged care and health sectors.
Since 2015, PCA has been working with the PCA-appointed Standards Review Group to develop the fifth edition. We understand this has been a long process. We received feedback on our previous revision, and have taken a new approach that better supports services participating in NSAP.
We are aiming to have the fifth edition of the National Palliative Care Standards map better to the current edition of the National Palliative Care Standards in order to ensure minimal impact on services participating in the National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP). The revised National Palliative Care Standards will also be mapped to other national accreditation standards, including the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
The fifth edition of the National Palliative Care Standards will be subject to two consultation periods. Firstly, a small targeted consultation, followed by a wider public consultation. The release of the revised National Palliative Care Standards will depend on the timing of consultation. We aim to have this process completed by the end of 2016.
Following the release, we will be working to update the resources required by services to participate in NSAP.
We will keep you updated with any new information throughout the year.
National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP)
For further information about NSAP, click here.