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The demand for palliative care is increasing, with the estimated demand in Australia expected to increase by 50% between now and 2035, and double by 2050. The population is growing and ageing, and many people will be diagnosed with chronic illnesses, which will increase the need and demand for palliative care in Australia.
PCA has developed a Roadmap for meeting this burgeoning need for palliative care in Australia.
In the lead up to and during next year’s Federal Election, PCA will be seeking a commitment from political parties for greater government investment in palliative care to allow Australians to live well until their death.
Informed by the Palliative Care Australia Roadmap 2022-2027, and the well-established economic case for greater investment in palliative care, the Federal Election Statement clearly identifies the problems and the investment solutions required to address them.
PCA’s 2022-2023 Pre-Budget Submission is informed by the Palliative Care Australia Roadmap 2022-2027 and identifies key investment opportunities for the Australian Government to support palliative care in the 2022-23 Budget. This includes investment in growing the palliative care, health care, aged care and community workforce, investing in innovative and efficient models of care, and increasing accessibility to palliative care.
The Australian Green's Palliative Care Australia Stakeholder Statement
Currently, there’s not enough care for older people in our community. There is an ageing
population, big corporations are making millions, and the treatment isn’t good enough.
The Greens will provide older people with the level of care they need. They will increase hours of
care, improve the pay and conditions of staff, clear the waiting lists and keep them clear.
Recent Media: ABC News
PCA Chair, Professor @meera_agar talks to @abcnews on improving access to #palliativecare after the family of David Gulpilil calls for more palliative and #agedcare in rural Australia.https://t.co/BAp97Sv0yV
— Palliative Care Australia (@Pall_Care_Aus) January 18, 2022
Recent Media: Sydney Morning Herald
At the coming federal election, Palliative Care Australia is asking political parties to commit to adequate investment in #palliativecare to sufficiently increase the workforce, hospital beds, and community services available to manage the surge in demand.https://t.co/PhX7adUI7n
— Palliative Care Australia (@Pall_Care_Aus) January 9, 2022
Recent Media: The Project
The story highlights the surge in #palliativecare referrals since the start of the pandemic & makes the case for more investment in community palliative care to help take pressure off the hospital system. https://t.co/mu2rrsEfxF
— Palliative Care Australia (@Pall_Care_Aus) January 6, 2022
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High-quality palliative care for all Australians
PCA is asking political parties to commit to adequate investment in palliative care to meet the rapidly rising demand.
With the population growing and ageing, the need for palliative care services in Australia is expected to increase by 50 per cent between now and 2035, and double by 2050.
Additionally, the pandemic has seen the demand for palliative care spike, with no additional funding.
While there are excellent palliative care services throughout Australia, there has been chronic underinvestment across parts of the health system.
KPMG analysis shows that adequate investment in palliative care will help reduce the burden on the health care system and ultimately provide a positive return by reducing emergency department visits and hospital stays.
PCA offers its Roadmap and Federal Election Statement to guide decision-makers in the direction that Australia needs to take from now till 2027 to ensure high-quality palliative care for all who need it, where and when they need it.
Read PCA’s Media Release of 30 March 2022 – National Palliative Care Peak reserves judgement on “underwhelming Budget”