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Palliative care – core business in aged care

Palli8 - Ensuring palliative care is core business in aged care

Palliative Care Australia’s (PCA) new Palli8 plan proposes eight key recommendations to improve palliative care in aged care, with calls for much needed funding to fully implement the National Palliative Care Strategy 2018, together with palliative care training for every health and aged care worker.

PCA’s eight-point plan for palliative care in aged care highlights these issues and provides constructive solutions. By discussing and communicating these eight recommendations, PCA hopes to better support the aged care industry to deliver palliative care. Download PCA’s Ensuring Palliative Care is core business for Aged Care here (PDF).

The Palli8 plan will be formally launched today at an online Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care event. This live webcast, Exploring the critical role of Palliative Care in Aged Care: COVID 19 and beyond, will explore the critical role of Palliative Care in Aged Care and brings together experts representing consumers, the aged-care industry, academia and palliative care. 

Hosted by ABC Radio National presenter of the Health Report and Coronacast, Dr Norman Swan, the event will also feature:

  • Senator Catryna Bilyk and the Hon Nola Marino MP, co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care Group;
  • Mike Baird AO, former NSW Premier, CEO HammondCare;
  • Craig Gear OAM, CEO, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN);
  • Professor Deborah Parker, Professor of Aged Care (Dementia) at the University of Technology Sydney; and
  • Professor Meera Agar, Chair, Palliative Care Australia.

Media and Submissions

Currently in the aged care system, there is a belief that palliative care is limited to end-of-life care and only provided in the last week or days of life. This is incorrect. Read PCA’s media release, opinion editorial and submissions here and help PCA address this misconception using the Palli8 campaign resources below.

Campaign Resources

Help PCA raise awareness via social media. Simply click the image of your choice to download the Palli8 social media images, signature block and website banner (at the top of this page). Then upload your chosen image to share our campaign resources.

Suggested social media

Hashtags: #palli8 and #palliativecare

Palliative Care Australia’s new #Palli8 plan proposes eight key recommendations to improve #palliativecare in #agedcare in Australia @Pall_Care_Aus Palliative care must become core business for aged care. @Pall_Care_Aus has developed a new plan proposing eight key recommendations to improve #palliativecare in #agedcare including calls for much needed funding and training #palli8 #healthcareworkers

There needs to be a more person-centred and holistic approach to #palliativecare that is not only focused on dying and the last weeks of life. A holistic approach to palliative care must be taken in an #agedcare setting #palli8

Read more here.

Palliative care in residential #agedcare is often confined to the last days of life and not systematically integrated into core business in residential aged care services. The Aged Care Quality Standards must include #palliativecare #palli8

Read more here.

Undergraduate & vocational education and training (VET) in aged care do not currently include palliative care as core units. Every health and #agedcare worker should undertake #palliativecare training as a core component of their studies #palli8

Read more here.

Planning and identifying unmet and emerging needs for #palliativecare requires demographic and service data. We must plug the data gaps. There is too much about palliative care service delivery in #agedcare that we don’t know. #palli8

Read more here.

Investment in #palliativecare in #agedcare isn’t just necessary, it actually makes sound fiscal sense. A $1.00 investment in palliative care nurses in residential aged care can return between $1.68 and $4.14 in savings #palli8

Read more here.

The diversity of our population & geography means that no single model of #palliativecare works universally. We must ensure equitable access to specialist & generalist palliative care services for those who need it, when & where they need it #palli8

Read more here.

We need to build greater community awareness and understanding of death and dying, and what good palliative care means for older Australians regardless of their prognosis #agedcare #palli8 #palliativecare #morethanyouthink

Read more here.

Palliative care should be a priority for all governments and supported by a National Palliative Care Partnership Agreement, and a National Palliative Care Commissioner should be appointed #auspol #agedcare #palli8 #palliativecare

Read more here.

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What is palliative care?

Palliative care helps people living with a life-limiting illness to live as well as they can by managing pain and symptoms to ensure their quality of life is maintained. Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social.

Learn more and download a copy of PCA’s brochure, “What is palliative care?” here.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of common misconceptions about palliative care. Answers to some of the more frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQs here.

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