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Palliative care a ‘real priority’

According to a report released by the Senate, palliative care should be funded under a separate category to other sub-acute services.

The committee made 38 recommendations in total including a call for the development of a national framework to support people to make choices about their end of life carers and for activity based funding to deal with complexities of palliative care.

Individuals and organisations contributed 138 submissions and 23 oral accounts of personal experiences within palliative for the inquiry, described by the Senators as ‘harrowing’ but always ‘ennobling’.

“The comprehensiveness of the report and the response from the Senators involved in the inquiry is extremely encouraging,” said Yvonne Luxford, chief executive officer of Palliative Care Australia.

“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.

“There is no doubt that the Senate received a clear message from the sector about what needs to be done to improve palliative care in this country.”

Luxford said that she supported Senator Moore’s comment that palliative care should be dealt with more openly in the media.

“Palliative Care Australia looks forward to getting the national conversation started and making quality care at the end of life a reality for all Australians.”

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