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Palliative Care Australia’s Annual Report 2020-2021

This year Palliative Care Australia (PCA) celebrates 30 years of advocating for quality palliative care for all who need it. It’s an achievement we are very proud of – but one that could not have happened without the palliative care community’s enduring support. We thank all who have promoted and advocated for access to quality palliative care over the past 30 years. Your support has enabled us to change how palliative care is understood, delivered to, and accessed by people living with life-limiting conditions. 

Download and read more about how the past financial year has provided PCA with continued opportunities to advocate for high-quality palliative care for those who need it, when and where they need it.





The following downloadable 2020-2021 Snapshot provides a snapshot of highlights from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 and reflects the breadth and volume of PCA’s achievements.






History highlights of palliative care in Australia

The commissioning of the Ross Webster report ‘Palliative care for cancer patients’ in 1983 by the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria was a defining moment for the early evolution of palliative care in Australia. Since then, palliative care services in Australia have transitioned to a strong network that exists between specialist palliative care providers, primary generalist, primary specialist and support care providers, and the community.

Up until, and following PCA’s establishment, there have been many significant milestones in the palliative care sector in Australia. The following downloadable snapshot of some of the highlights of the history of palliative care in Australia are showcased in the timeline below.

Many of the key historical events and milestones were reported in the 2013 Cancer Forum Journal article ‘Evolution of Palliative Care in Australia 1973-2013’ by Professor David Currow and Emeritus Professor Jane Phillips. PCA acknowledges the dedication and commitment of all of the individuals and organisations who have worked together to improve access to, and promote the need for, palliative care in Australia. 

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