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The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients with an active, progressive disease that has little or no prospect of a cure. With the growth and ageing of Australia's population, and an increase of chronic and generally incurable illnesses, the types of patient groups requiring palliative care has widened.
Palliative care is delivered in almost all settings where health care is provided, including neonatal units, paediatric services, acute hospitals, general practices, community settings (such as people's own homes) and residential aged care services. Specialist services operate from a variety of settings, including inpatient, hospice and community based services.
were palliative care-related in 2013–14, an 11% increase from 2009–10.
as an admitted patient received palliative care.
were assessed as requiring palliative care.
were palliative care-related (BEACH data).
had a hospice care unit.
paid on palliative medicine specialist services from 2010–11 to 2014–15.
that were palliative care-related were provided to almost 29,800 patients.
are specialist palliative medicine physicians and 1 in every 90 employed nurses are palliative care nurses.
met Benchmark 1, where 90% of patient episodes commenced palliative care within a day of being ready for care (Palliative Care Outcomes).
Palliative care Australia
Department of Health—palliative care