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Our role

Palliative Care WA is the state’s peak body for palliative care. We do not to deliver services. Rather, we are a representative, not-for-profit organisation which advocates in order to:

  • raise awareness of palliative care.

We promote the principles and practices of palliative care. We engage with the community, our members and all tiers of government, as well as organisations within the health, aged care, disability and community service sectors.

We encourage discussions about death and dying, and promote advance care planning within the community and among health providers. We facilitate the Advance Care Planning WA Agency Consortium, which committed to improving the uptake of advance care planning.

We also serve as a coordinating body and information resource for the many organisations and service agencies which provide care at the end of life.

  • improve access to palliative care services across the state.

We do this by advocating for appropriate services and benefits for people in Western Australia who are confronting issues and problems associated with the end of life.

We consult widely across the palliative care sector, serve on a range of state and national palliative care committees. Our president and a nominated Board member sit on Palliative Care Australia’s National Policy Advisory Committee in order to contribute to national position statements.

We also provide written submissions to government. In 2018 we made a submission to the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices and proposed questions. We also contributed to the Sustainable Health Review and WA End of Life and Specialist Palliative Care Strategy 2018-2028. We developed proposals for the WA State Election 2017 and contributed to the Productivity Commission’s Human Services inquiry and Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices.

We enhance the broader community’s capacity to provide care and support at the end of life through initiatives like Compassionate Communities.

  • improve the quality of care and support available to Western Australians at the end of life.

We do this by advocating for appropriate 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 confer directly with service providers to assure service standards in accordance with the Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines.

We also refer people with feedback or complaints about their healthcare experience to the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office, Health Consumers Council WA and Advocare,

We contribute to the development of the palliative care sector by establishing and maintaining committees. They are active in areas such as clinical services, standards and quality, education and community capacity building.

  • develop relationships between government and the palliative care sector.

We facilitate the CEO Roundtable on Palliative Care in WA, which enables key stakeholders to engage in discussion and debate about broad strategic issues of interest to the palliative care sector. It is a mechanism for maintaining strong and purposeful relationships between the sector and the WA Health Minister.

Communique 1 (December 2017)

Communique 2 (September 2018)

Communique 3 (September 2019)

  • encourage, reward and promote good work being done locally in the palliative care sector.

We showcase the good work that is being done across the sector in WA and provide opportunities for networking and professional development through our Quarterly Palliative Care Forums.

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