Submission to the National Nursing Workforce Strategy

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Submission to the National Nursing Workforce Strategy

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The development of the National Nursing Workforce Strategy provides an opportunity to acknowledge, support and strengthen the crucial contribution that the nursing profession makes to the delivery of palliative care in Australia. In the context of an anticipated doubling of demand for palliative care between 2020 and 2050, nurses at all levels of qualification have a central role to play in the provision of palliative care – both specialist care for people with complex palliative care needs, and palliative care in aged, primary and community care settings.

PCA makes the following key points for consideration in the development of the National Nursing Workforce Strategy:

  • All nurses should receive training in palliative care, appropriate to their level of qualification.
  • A nationally agreed specialist palliative nursing career pathway must be established.

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Submission to the National Nursing Workforce Strategy December 2023