Palliative care services in Australia is the first in a planned series of annual reports providing a detailed picture of the national response to the palliative care needs of Australians. Details from a range of data sources for 2009-10, and where available 2010-11, are presented, as are changes over time.
The number of palliative care hospital admissions in Australia rose by more than 50% between 2001 and 2010. The report shows that there were almost 56,000 palliative care admissions reported in public and private hospitals in 2009-10. Almost $3 million in Medicare Benefits Schedule payments was paid for palliative medicine specialist services in 2010-11. The average age of people being admitted to palliative care was 71.9 years.