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7th April 2020

The Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group has recently released a statement – COVID-19: Why palliative care matters!

The statement addresses the crucial role of palliative care in the planning and preparation for the surge in COVID-19 cases in Australia.

“Australia is pulling out all stops to try to prevent a surge in coronavirus cases, while also rapidly preparing for the possibility that these efforts may not be successful. As part of that preparation, decisions are being made about ensuring that appropriate health professionals are available where they are needed most. Palliative care will be an essential component of the frontline response as the number of Australians dying from COVID-19 increases.”

The statement goes to to say “The President of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), Prof Christoph Ostgathe, has pointed out that during the disordered emergence of this pandemic, many people may not have considered why palliative care is an essential service. However, he warns, palliative care is key.”

Read the COVID-19 Why palliative care matters statement here.