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Input sought to inform palliative care strategy


The Department of Health has launched two surveys seeking information from all aged care providers and individuals to help understand the demand and supply of palliative care services.

The information will support the department’s analysis of Australia’s palliative care workforce, support the development of a National Palliative Care Workforce Strategy and guide future planning for palliative care services and the workforce.

The surveys aim to gather necessary information from services and individuals delivering palliative care to develop a projections model for the palliative care workforce.

The projections modelling includes specialist palliative care workers and non-specialists who deliver palliative care services as part of their roles.

The Palliative care services survey for organisations seeks to identify:

  • the profile of palliative care services within aged care
  • the types of palliative care services delivered by aged care services
  • details of the workforce at each service by discipline
  • issues relating to workforce recruitment for staff delivering palliative care.

The Palliative care workforce survey for individuals who deliver palliative care aims is seeking:

  • demographics details
  • qualifications and experience
  • current employment including role, location, and type of service
  • intentions about continuing in their current profession

The department is encouraging all palliative care providers to complete the anonymous survey.

The surveys close on 13 March 2020.

Click to access the Palliative care services survey for organisations delivering palliative care and the Palliative care workforce survey for individuals delivering palliative care.

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