Palliative Care WA is the peak body for the palliative care sector across the State.
A member-based, not-for-profit organisation we work for the community and with the palliative care, aged care and community services sectors to ensure access to quality palliative care services for all Western Australians.
Community education and awareness
Within the WA community we raise awareness and provide information and support on three main areas:
- advance care planning – discussing and documenting your future health care wishes,
- palliative care – an approach to care that supports people living with a terminal illness or condition, and
- dying, grief and loss.
Our community education activities include:
- developing resources,
- presenting advance care planning workshops,
- conducting awareness raising campaigns
- presenting in-person and online community forums
- providing the Palliative Care Helpline service to offer support, resources and understanding.
When planning and developing our events, resources and activities we prioritise equity and inclusion by recognising and responding to the specific needs of different communities and groups in WA.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not directly provide palliative care services nor do we organise access to those services. Anyone seeking palliative care services in WA can view their options via the service directory search function located on all pages of this website.
An international movement, Compassionate Communities recognises that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not something solely for health and social services. In fact, it is everyone’s responsibility. This approach builds capacity within individual communities to support people approaching the end of their lives.
The Compassionate Communities movement is in its early stages in WA. Our role is to facilitate and encourage the development of Compassionate Communities. Find out more here.
We encourage and facilitate service commitment, best practice, professional development and sector-wide collaborations. Our aim is to strengthen the sector as a whole, to benefit those working within the sector, and ultimately, the WA community.
To recognise excellence and showcase the achievements of organisations, teams and individuals providing quality palliative care in WA, we run the biennial Palliative Care in WA Awards.
We also advocate the importance of palliative care education and training for everyone who cares for people at the end of life, and support delivery of care consistent with Palliative Care Australia’s National Palliative Care Standards.
We provide opportunities for networking and professional development at a range of sector -wide events throughout the year. These include:
- Online and in-person sector forums featuring local, interstate and international presenters.
- National Palliative Care Week breakfast featuring a guest speaker.
- Gala dinner at which we present the Palliative Care WA awards.
- Biennial palliative care summit.
We contribute to the development of the palliative care sector by establishing and maintaining collaborative committees as needed. One such collaboration is the Advance Care Planning WA Agency Consortium, which is committed to increasing the number of Western Australians undertaking advance care planning.
To ensure we reflect a diverse range of views, needs and issues, we consult widely across the palliative care, aged care and community services sectors when preparing submissions and policy papers and when developing our own strategic priorities.
As a peak body we provide an independent and collective voice for palliative care, always working to ensure quality services for all Western Australians with palliative care needs.
Submissions, papers and panels
We contribute to Federal, State and Local Government policy reviews, forums and committees on areas related to palliative care and end of life. When invited we also appear before government committees to provide further information and recommendations.
Our CEO, Board President and other Board members serve on a range of state and national palliative care committees, panels and reviews. This includes Palliative Care Australia’s National Policy Advisory Committee which produces regular national position statements.
CEO Roundtable on Palliative Care in WA
We facilitate the CEO Roundtable on Palliative Care in WA. Meeting each year, this group provides high level advice to State and Federal Government on palliative care issues in WA. The Roundtable provides opportunities for key stakeholders to engage in robust discussion and debate while maintaining strong and purposeful relationships between the sector and the WA Health Minister. Membership to the CEO Roundtable on Palliative Care in WA is by invitation. Communiques are available after some meetings:
- Communique 1 (December 2017)
- Communique 2 (September 2018)
- Communique 3 (September 2019)
- Communique 4 (April 2020)
- Communique 5 (September 2021)
News and information
We provide regular information on the latest news, research, events and activities related to palliative care, advance care planning, dying grief and loss via emails, e-News and social media. Anyone is welcome to subscribe via the button below.