Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on Palliative Care in Aged Care

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Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on Palliative Care in Aged Care

This submission, prepared by PCA, addresses the economic value of palliative care. As Australia's population rapidly ages and grows, the need for palliative care will surge. PCA commissioned KPMG to undertake an economic study into the value of palliative care. The report, Investing to Save: The Economics of Increased Investment in Palliative Care in Australia, noted that the provision of palliative care in residential aged care has actually been declining while complexity of need has been growing. The report shows that that investment in palliative care can assist in avoiding the higher costs of care elsewhere in the health sector. The submission also outlines the barriers that older Australians with diverse needs face when accessing services and the importance of culturally safe care.

Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on Palliative Care in Aged Care