Palliative care essential in aged care

We welcome the news that the Aged Care Royal Commission is making palliative care training mandatory, as palliative care is a core business for residential care.

Following the Aged Care Quality Standards Review, 124 recommendations were made, which included comprehensive sector funding that specifically includes palliative and end-of-life care. Also advised, was a review of the Aged Care Quality Standards to require residential aged care providers to offer high–quality palliative care. The HammondCare Quality End of Life Care Project can assist you in meeting these recommendations.

Coinciding with this announcement, Palliative Care Australia has launched Palli8, an eight-point plan that proposes eight key recommendations to improve palliative care in aged care.

These are: 

  1. A person-centred approach to palliative care in aged care 
  2. Clearly articulated, robustly implemented – the aged care standards must include palliative care
  3. Palliative care training for every health and aged care worker.
  4. Mind the gap – we can’t improve what we don’t measure.
  5. Fund in full – we can’t implement if we don’t invest 
  6. Ensure equitable access – palliative care is a universal human right 
  7. Support Australians who are dying to talk 
  8. Palliative care must be a priority for all governments

Find out more details on the plan

The Palli8 plan was formally launched on 25th September 2020 at the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care virtual event. Dr Norman Swan, Producer and presenter of ABC’s Health Report hosted the event, and HammondCare CEO, Mike Baird, was a guest speaker.

Rewatch the event here