Providing strategic links between specialist palliative care services and other care providers across all settings ensures that all people can access the level of care appropriate to their needs.
Specialist palliative care services support and complement the care provided across all settings, and 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 specialist palliative care services provide care for patients with complex or unstable symptoms or meet other high level needs associated with a life-limiting illness (Palliative Care Australia, 2005). Ensuring that all people in NSW have access to this level of care through timely, coordinated and formal relationships and integrated processes is an essential component of any model for service provision.
Specialist palliative care services have a role in research and in knowledge generation and dissemination (NSW Health, 2007) and require funding and support to make this contribution to support overall improvement in the quality of service delivery and outcomes.