This Framework is the first step in developing a statewide model for palliative and end of life care. It describes some of the complexities faced in providing quality palliative and end of life care across a range of acute, sub-acute, primary care and community settings, including the home. It sets the groundwork for further developing the Model of Care by identifying the principles, service definitions and structural arrangements that are required for the delivery of effective, accessible and efficient care to people in NSW who are approaching or reaching the end of life, their families and carers.Our next step is a significant consultation process across LHDs and with a range of key stakeholders including residential aged care facilities, carer organisations, primary care and specialist palliative care providers. We will also seek the input and expertise of members of the Palliative Care Network and other ACI Networks during this phase. Opportunities to contribute to this Model will be communicated primarily through the ACI Network membership shortly.
The Report synthesises a detailed list of findings into 12 key learnings that will directly inform ongoing consultation and the development of a Model for Palliative and End of Life Care Service Provision.
The Blueprint is for everybody in NSW. It emphasises the need for an integrated approach to care whereby relationships between specialist palliative care providers and care providers across all settings of care are fostered. It seeks to enhance networks of support, to build skills and competence in providing care to those approaching and reaching the end of their lives across all care settings and seeks to better support patients, families and carers along the way.
This advice provides guidance to Local Health Districts and Specialty
Health Networks regarding implementation of the Care Type Policy for Acute, Sub-Acute and Non-Acute Patient Care (PD2014_010) to support the use of consistent definitions and terminology across the state for subacute and non-acute care types.
The NSW Government Plan to increase access to palliative care 2012 - 2016 outlines a range of key strategies to improve access to care and support for people who are dying, their families and their carers. The ACI plays a key role in implementing actions contained in this plan, through the development of its forthcoming Model of Care.