Government palliative care policies and programs

Victorian Government palliative care policies and programs

Victorian Government palliative care overview

The palliative care initiatives of the Victorian Government detailed on the Department of Health (DOH) website include:

  • Victoria’s end of life and palliative care framework
  • Accessing care
  • Information for people, families and carers
  • Paediatric palliative care
  • Aboriginal Palliative Care Program
  • Statewide services
  • Education and training
  • Clinical network
  • Palliative care consortia
  • Funding and data
  • Community palliative care services/infrastructure grants
  • Palliative care services innovation and development grant
  • Essential elements of end of life care
  • Ready for community palliative care
  • Palliative care funding model review
  • End of life ancillary services grants
  • Palliative care advice service
  • Conditions of funding for palliative care

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/palliative-care

Australian Government Palliative Care policies and programs

Victorian Government end of life and palliative care framework

The Victorian Government’s end of life and palliative care framework  was released in 2016. It focuses on understanding what matters to people who are dying and their families. It outlines plans to redesign our services to be effective, with a focus on delivering care being everybody’s responsibility in the healthcare system as part of an integrated service”.

The framework outlines five priorities:

  • Delivering person-centred services
  • Engaging communities, embracing diversity
  • Coordinating and integrating services
  • Making quality end of life and palliative care everyone’s responsibility
  • Strengthening specialist palliative care

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-services/patient-care/end-of-life-care/palliative-care/end-of-life-and-palliative-care-framework

Better Health Channel pages on end of life and palliative care services

Better Health Channel is a Victorian Government website that aims to help people understand and manage their health and medical conditions. The end of life and palliative care section of Better Health Channel includes a range of information on topics such as ‘end of life and palliative care explained’ and ‘practical care to assist family and carers’.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/servicesandsupport/end-of-life-and-palliative-care-services

Advance Care Planning

The Victorian Government’s approach to advance care planning is summarised on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) using the following headings:

  • Overview
  • Strategy
  • Best practice in advance care planning
  • Initiating advance care planning
  • Implementation
  • Advisory group
  • Initiatives
  • Resources
  • Forms
  • Planning and decision making capacity
  • Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-services/patient-care/end-of-life-care/advance-care-planning