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Barriers to Palliative Care

The Federal Department of Health has released a series of reports and an accompanying summary policy paper covering the barriers to accessing quality palliative care for people from under-served populations or people with complex needs.

The populations of interest identified for this project are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Care leavers and people affected by forced adoption
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • People with disabilities
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People who are incarcerated
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)
  • Refugees
  • Veterans

The reports are based on project work completed by Australian Healthcare Associates in consultation with stakeholders and people from vulnerable populations. The project aimed to:

  • identify unmet palliative care needs for each group
  • consider cultural and personal factors influencing use of palliative care services
  • identify best-practice approaches in palliative care settings
  • consider the role of advance care planning in addressing unmet needs
  • identify how government and palliative care service providers can better serve people from these groups

You can find out more about the Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care here.



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