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Palliative Care Services and ABF: From National Perspectives to Local Implementation

A Forum co-hosted by the ACI Palliative Care Network and Palliative Care NSW on 5 February 2014

From 1 July 2012 the way public hospitals are funded began to change. The funding allocated to LHDs includes a significant component based on patient activity or the level of service provided within agreed activity targets. The introduction of Activity Based Funding (ABF) is a key component of the funding reform in NSW.

Activity Based Funding for Sub and Non-Acute Patients (SNAP) Care Workstream commenced 1 July 2013. SNAP service types include palliative care, rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, geriatric evaluation and management and maintenance.

The forum provided the opportunity to:

  1. Receive updates on the implementation of ABF at national, state and local (LHD) levels with a focus on palliative care services
  2. Better understand current developments in casemix classifications for palliative care
  3. Reflect on and discuss with colleagues implications for the planning, costing and funding of local services.


Sue HansonMs Sue Hanson, National Director Clinical Services, Little Company of Mary Health Care and Co-chair, ACI Palliative Care Network

Introduction: Why ABF is important

Kathy EagerProfessor Kathy Eager, Director, Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong

A National Perspective on Activity Based Funding and Palliative Care

Sharon SmithMs Sharon Smith, Manager, SNAP and Mental Health Workstreams, Activity Based Funding Taskforce

Palliative Care Services and ABF: A State Perspective

Richard ChyeAssociate Professor Richard Chye, Northern Network Director, Palliative Care, South East Sydney LHD and St Vincent's & Mater Health

Activity Based Funding: Local Implementation & issues for services - A Clinician-Manager’s View

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