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22nd September 2021

Palliative Care WA recently facilitated the fifth meeting of the CEO Roundtable for Palliative Care in WA. Thirteen member organisations met with the Hon Roger Cook MLA (Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Medical Research; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Science) and Parliamentary Secretary Simon Millman MLA, to discuss the delivery of palliative care in WA.

The CEO Roundtable provides high level advice to State and Federal Government on palliative care issues in WA.  Facilitated by Palliative Care WA the Roundtable involves CEOs drawn from PCWA member organisations within the health, aged care and community service sectors.

Invited guest Dr Chris Schilling, Director with KPMG and author of a recent report exploring the economic case for increased investment in palliative care, spoke about the report findings. Dr Schilling noted that demand for palliative care will double by 2040 and outlined the strong moral and economic case for increased investment in palliative care for WA residents.  As an example, hospital investment in early integration of palliative care results in a return on investment of $1.30-$2 per $1 invested, through a range of factors such as decreased ED, ICU and procedure costs.  Return on investment in community palliative care is $2 per $1 invested and in residential aged care is $4 per $1 invested. Such a return on investment is rare in health service delivery.

To read a summary of all key discussion points you can download the CEO Roundtable Communique 5 – Sept 2021 HERE