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Rural Health Alliance for three years
(April 2010–June 2013). Total funds
available for RHCE2 project grants are
approximately $630,000 per annum,
with the final round in 2012–13.
Information on the allocation of grants
in Round One (2010) is at http://rhce.
Applications close on 8 August.
First report card on
Australia’s first performance report
card on chronic disease was released
recently by the Australian Institute of
Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Chronic diseases – such as cancer,
diabetes, heart disease and mental
disorders – are usually long-lasting,
persistent and may be associated
with disability. Collectively, they are
a major burden on those who suffer
from them, their carers and the
broader community, and this burden is
increasing. The report, Key indicators
of progress for chronic disease and
associated determinants: data report,
presents, for the first time, data
on a set of 42 indicators related to
Ilona Brockway of the AIHW’s
Population Health Unit said, ‘The
indicators were developed as a first
step to consistent reporting, which
will, over time, be able to provide
information about progress with
preventing and managing chronic
disease in Australia. The indicators
show good news in terms of
premature deaths related to chronic
disease – that is, deaths in people
aged below 75 years – with the rate of
these deaths falling by 17% between
1997 and 2007.’
This has contributed to overall gains in
life expectancy, with Australian males
born in 2006–08 expected to live to
79.2 years, an increase of 3.5 years
since 1995–97. The same figure for
females is 83.7 years, an increase of
2.3 years since 1995–97.
‘On the positive side, daily smoking
continues to decrease, with less than
18% of Australian adults now smoking
daily compared with over 24% in 1991.
On the other hand, almost a quarter
of Australian children are currently
overweight or obese. For adults the
figure is around 60%, and the trend
has been increasing. Excess weight
is associated with many chronic
conditions, so the increase shown
in these statistics is of concern,’
Mrs Brockway said.
The full report is available online at
Palliative care statement
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has
released the National Palliative
Care Consensus Statement, which
aims to ensure the recognition of
palliative care as a fundamental part of
Australia’s health care system.
PCA President Dr Scott Blackwell said,
‘The National Consensus Statement
is a call to action by PCA and its
members to ensure that all Australians
have access to quality palliative care
and to ensure no Australian with
a terminal illness will suffer from
preventable discomfort and pain.
We want people to have a say in
how they die, and to understand the
support available for them.
‘The reality is that the number of
people who die at home in Australia
has actually decreased over the past
50 years, despite many indicating this
is their preference. Now only about
16% of people die at home, 20%
die in hospices and 10% in nursing
homes. The rest die in hospitals.’
The Statement outlines eight key
priorities which have been identified
as needing urgent action based on
four key themes: where people would
prefer to die, the need for advance
care planning, access and equity
in provision of services and raising
community awareness about palliative
care. They are:
1. All Australians must have
reasonable access to resources to
support them to die in the location
of their choice.
2. A single common legislative
requirement regarding advance
care planning must be adopted
3. All Australians have a right to
equitable access to quality
palliative care when and where
4. All Australians must have access to
education about dying and death.
5. Adequate and appropriate
education in quality end of life care
must be a standard provision for all
6. The Standards for Providing
Quality Palliative Care for all
Australians (the Standards) must
be embedded in all appropriate
7. Appropriate funding must be
made available by all levels
of government to palliative
care services on an equitable
population needs basis.
8. Research in palliative care must be
appropriately funded and targeted.
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