Palliatiave Care WA advocates for better care and support for Western Australians who are dealing with the problems of advanced illness, dying, death and bereavement.

Advocacy takes place at several different levels, including:

  1. Australian Government level – in partnership with our national peak body, Palliative Care Australia:  www.palliativecare.org.au
  2. Western Australian Government level – this entails providing information to WA parliamentarians and public services and seeking to influence the policies of all sectors of government so that people living with life limiting illness, their carers, families and communities can access the care, support and services they need
  3. Service provider level – working with service providers in a range of sectors to bring to their attention the needs of people at the end of life and helping them to improve their services.

 

2017 WA STATE ELECTION 

Palliative Care WA has developed an election platform for the 2017 WA State Election.

“Live and Die Well” Proposals for the WA State Election 2017 contains recommendations to all political parties around four core areas of palliative care and advance care planning

  • Promoting Advance Care Planning and building compassionate communities in WA

PCWA proposes funding of $5 million over four years a comprehensive and coordinated
statewide health promotion campaign that promotes public awareness, health professional
education, consumer engagement, and uptake of Advance Care Planning. The campaign
would support ATSI and CaLD communities to develop and implement appropriate ACP
engagement and uptake strategies.

  • Establishing a state-wide palliative care patient and family information support service.

PCWA proposes the establishment of a WA PalAssist service – $2.5 million over 4 years

  • Upgrading access to palliative care at Joondalup and Midland Health Campuses.
    PCWA urges the acceleration of this service development to ensure a Level 5 service be available at Joondalup Health Campus within the stated time frame, particularly given the large projected population increase in that region over the next 10 years. PCWA recommends that a Level 4 Palliative Care service be implemented at Midland Health Campus.
  • Increased access to regional palliative care social work services

PCWA highly recommends that all palliative care social work positions be full-time.

The full platform can be read here here