There are a number of environmental, policy and governance factors that will support successful implementation of the Blueprint. Consideration of these Enablers as part of planning for implementation can improve the success of improvement efforts. The following enablers have been identified as factors that would contribute to successful implementation.
In order to achieve a shared understanding of terms, we all need to be diligent about defining the way we are using the words and avoid using euphemisms.
This Blueprint is designed to be used as a resource for local development and implementation. This requires localised leadership and participation in the development of services.
There is no single model of care for people approaching and reaching the end of their lives. Planning arrangements need to take advantage of local needs as well as assets within the community. Building on the skills of local residents, organisations and networks can lead to stronger and more sustainable program.
Providing care to people approaching and reaching the end of their lives across all care settings firstly requires a commitment to work better together. It requires a mix of stakeholders (often extending beyond health services) to take a shared responsibility in developing an integrated system of care.
Specialist palliative care services are an essential component of a high quality and safe system of care for people who are approaching and reaching the end of their life. These services can be leveraged on to guide, build capacity and drive integration within local communities.
Education on the provision of care to people as they approach and reach the end of their lives is essential for all health professionals. This includes:
All health professionals need to better understand the essential and unique contributions they can make. Providing care to people approaching and reaching the end of their life, their families and carers is everybody’s business.