Australia’s population is ageing and with this trend comes the burden and complexity of increasing physical illness and disability. This burden escalates as a person nears death and as a consequence, the cost of care becomes disproportionately high in the last year of life. Currently,...
The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients with an active, progressive disease that has little or no prospect of a cure. With the growth and ageing of Australia's population, and an increase of chronic and generally incurable illnesses,...
This article argues that if palliative care is to become a universally accessible service, new approaches to funding, based on the experience of funding reforms in other parts of the health system, need to be adopted.
In Australia, and many other parts of the world, the demand for palliative care services is increasing due to the ageing of the population and the increases in the prevalence of cancer and other chronic diseases that accompany ageing.
As part of its pre-election commitments the Tasmanian Liberal Government committed to fund an independent feasibility study into a purpose-built hospice for Northern Tasmania, located in Launceston. Grosvenor Management Consulting was engaged by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to undertake this feasibility...
This paper recommends more public discussion, including an education campaign, about the limits of health care as death approaches and the need to focus on end-of-life care.
This report is about how, where and with whom we die. The baby boomers...
Objectives: To examine doctors' level of knowledge of the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack decision-making capacity, and factors associated with a higher level of knowledge.
Design, setting and participants: Postal survey of all specialists in emergency...
A two-year project funded by an Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing grant to our university aimed to: investigate the experience and perceptions of health professionals involved in providing palliative care in regional areas; identify continuing educational needs; and develop resources to enhance the...
This report makes 48 recommendations with a particular focus on fraud, financial abuse, substitute decision making, and family agreements.
Key recommendations of the report include:
• National industry-wide protocols for banks and financial institutions to report alleged financial abuse;
• Uniform legislation...
This study by Margaret Brown, Justin Beilby and Eric Gargett explores the issues that South Australian general practitioners must consider when introducing advance directives to their patients. There is a lack of information available to assist people to make complex decisions about their dying....