Senate Committee on Palliative Care in Australia : final report

The Senate has released its long awaited final report into the state of palliative care in Australia, calling for a national conversation on palliative care : an issue which "belongs to all of us". The committee has made 38 recommendations in total on areas including palliative care funding, education for health professionals, education for the community, the need for improved access to information about services and supporting people to die in the place of their choice. The recommendations also focus on the needs of specific groups such as Indigenous Australians, CALD communities and children.

Dr Yvonne Luxford, CEO of Palliative Care Australia said, "The comprehensiveness of the report and the response from the Senators involved in the Inquiry is extremely encouraging. We look forward to seeing palliative care made a real priority in the current health reforms and recognised as an integral part of the health system."

Final report

Committee page

Senators call for a 'national conversation' on palliative care (Palliative Care Australia media release)

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