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Liberal palliative care policy

A Marshall Liberal Government will invest $16 million in extending community outreach palliative care to a 24-hour, seven days a week service as the first step in a strategy to more effectively support people in the final stages of their life.

A Marshall Liberal Government will undertake a statewide assessment of unmet need for palliative care and establish a statewide clinical network for palliative care with the urgent task to co-design and deliver a new Palliative Care Services Plan.

“Enhancing palliative care options will assist people to live the last period of their life in accord with their wishes,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“The prevention and relief from suffering through high quality palliative care is the mark of a compassionate society.

“Our policy is designed to help people to manage pain and illness with dignity.

“Many people want to spend as much time as possible in their home and this policy will enable more to fulfil that wish.

“Palliative care options must improve and diversify in the future and we need to increase access within the Adelaide metropolitan area and throughout the State – that is why we need a new Palliative Care Services Plan.”

A Marshall Liberal Government will act to improve palliative care through three key steps:

  1. Urgently expand community outreach palliative care

We will extend community outreach palliative care services from the current weekday service to provide a 24-hour service, 7 days a week.

  1. Audit the need as a base for fair access

 A Marshall Liberal Government will undertake a statewide assessment of unmet need for palliative care using tools such as the Palliative Care Resource Allocation Model (PCRAM), developed by Palliative Care Australia. 

  1. Delivering renewed palliative care services

 A Liberal Government will establish a statewide clinical network for palliative care with the urgent task to co-design and deliver a new Palliative Care Services Plan involving:

  • Consumers and carers
  • Health professionals
  • Peak bodies such as Palliative Care SA
  • Local Health Network Boards

“A State Liberal Government will make substantial investments in palliative care – in a planned, systematic way – and in partnership with non-government organisations and the Commonwealth Government,” said Stephen Wade, Shadow Minister for Health.