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  1. Fund in full – we can’t implement if we don’t invest
    29 October 2020

    Fund in full – we can’t implement if we don’t invest

    As we discussed in our last article, the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) is the instrument used to determine levels of funding in residential aged care. The ACFI does not adequately recognise the additional costs […]

  2. Palliative Care recognised in Aged Care Royal Commission Recommendations
    22 October 2020

    Palliative Care recognised in Aged Care Royal Commission Recommendations

    Compulsory palliative care training for workers, comprehensive sector funding that specifically includes palliative and end-of-life care, and a review of the Aged Care Quality Standards to require residential aged care providers to provide high–quality palliative care are among 124 recommendations handed down yesterday […]

  3. Vital Next Step: PCA welcomes five year Palliative Care Implementation Plan
    22 October 2020

    Vital Next Step: PCA welcomes five year Palliative Care Implementation Plan

    Palliative Care Australia (PCA), the national peak body for palliative care, has today welcomed the release of the Implementation Plan for the National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 as a vital next step in progressing the development and delivery of palliative […]

  4. Mind the Data Gap: We can’t improve what we don’t measure
    22 October 2020

    Mind the Data Gap: We can’t improve what we don’t measure

    Planning and identifying unmet and emerging needs for palliative care requires demographic and service data. There is currently inadequate data about palliative care, particularly as it relates to those also accessing aged care services.   […]

  5. Palliative care training for every health and aged care worker
    15 October 2020

    Palliative care training for every health and aged care worker

    The PCA plan to improve palliative care in aged care recognises the importance of appropriate training for those working in aged care. It is important to note that: In 2017, there were 160,000 deaths in […]

  6. Clearly articulated, robustly implemented. The Aged Care Quality Standards must include palliative care
    8 October 2020

    Clearly articulated, robustly implemented. The Aged Care Quality Standards must include palliative care

    In our continuing series on PCAs Palli8 plan, we will look at the second recommendation ‘Clearly articulated, robustly implemented – the Aged Care Quality Standards must include palliative care’. Commonwealth funded aged care services are […]

  7. A Person-Centred Approach to Palliative Care in Aged Care
    1 October 2020

    A Person-Centred Approach to Palliative Care in Aged Care

    PCAs Palli8 plan recommends that aged care embrace a more person-centred and holistic view of palliative care, in particular, care that: Is person and family-centred care provided for a person with an active, progressive, advanced […]

  8. Palliative care must become core business in aged care – media release
    25 September 2020

    Palliative care must become core business in aged care – media release

    Palliative care must become an essential component of aged care in Australia if we are to ensure that the needs of older Australians are met, according to the national peak body for palliative care, Palliative […]

  9. Ensuring palliative care is core business for aged care – Professor Meera Agar
    25 September 2020

    Ensuring palliative care is core business for aged care – Professor Meera Agar

    Australia has a rapidly aging population, with projections of four million people aged between 65–84 years by 2022. More than just that; many people are living longer and are entering residential aged care with more […]

  10. Changes to PBS for palliative care opioids restrictions a major relief
    23 September 2020

    Changes to PBS for palliative care opioids restrictions a major relief

    Palliative Care Australia has welcomed the changes made by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), which will optimise appropriate access to analgesic opioid medications for palliative care patients. These […]

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