Investing to Save
A report has recently been released that calls for an overhaul of the palliative care system in Australia and suggests an additional annual investment of $365 million to bring the system up to speed in a post COVID-19 world.
The report prepared by KPMG, was commissioned with the assistance of The Snow Foundation and Palliative Care Australia. It found that if people can be supported with palliative care outside of institutional settings, they can live well and die in a place of their choosing.
In practice however, very few Australians are achieving this.
The report is also calling for a national agreement on palliative care between the Commonwealth and the states and territories, and a new full-time Palliative Care Commissioner, to help create the best experience possible for those with life-limiting conditions and those around them.