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Palliative care in Australian hospitals
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has
welcomed the publication of the Trends
in palliative care in Australian hospitals
report released by the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report provides an overview of the
number and characteristics of palliative
care admissions in public and private
hospitals over a ten year period.
'It is very pleasing to see this report
from the AIHW,
' said Dr Yvonne Luxford,
PCA Chief Executive Officer. 'Building
a comprehensive data set for palliative
care is important, and is something that
PCA has been advocating for over a
number of years.
The report shows that the number
of people who died in hospital after
receiving palliative care has increased by
56% over the past decade.
'This is a fantastic indicator that
our hospital system is gaining an
understanding of the need to refer
people to palliative care,' said Dr
Luxford. 'What we need to make sure,
however, is that people are receiving
high quality care, and one way to do
this is by ensuring that education
about palliative and end of life care
is a standard provision for all health
PCA hopes that the increase will be
recognised by healthcare planners
and demonstrate the need for extra
resources in this area.
'With the average length of stay for
palliative care patients at 12.5 days,
it is clear that we need increased
funding and resources specifically for
' said Dr Luxford. 'The
$1.6 bn previously identified by COAG
for funding sub-acute care unfortunately
did not flow through to palliative care in
many states and territories, which was
'We also need more detailed data to
ensure that funding for palliative care
is directed where it is most needed',
said Dr Luxford. 'This report is a
great start, but much more needs to
be done, especially the collection of
data from community-based palliative
The National Palliative Care Consensus
Statement released by PCA in June
identified the need to support research
into palliative care, and funding to
be made available on an equitable
population needs basis. The Statement
also calls for all Australians to have
access to quality palliative care when
and where needed.
'One thing that this data does show is
that, over whelmingly, it is people with
cancer who are referred to palliative
care -- 69% of patients with cancer
as a principal diagnosis had been a
palliative care patient during their final
hospital stay', said Dr Luxford. 'It is
encouraging that 36.8% of patients
with dementia and 58% of patients with
Motor Neurone Disease also accessed
palliative care, but we do need to
improve in other chronic disease areas,
for example, only 20% of patients
with COPD and 21% with heart failure
'This report confirms that more people
are accessing palliative care than ever
before, but there are still many more
people, their loved ones and caregivers,
who could benefit from palliative care
services. We need to ensure that there
are appropriate resources and a strong
evidence base in place to support this.
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