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released: 24 Sep 2014 author: AIHW media release

Palliative care services in Australia 2014 is the third in a planned series of annual reports providing a detailed picture of the national response to the palliative care needs of Australians. Information from a range of data sources from 2012–13 and, where indicated 2011–12, are presented, as are changes over time. There were more than 57,600 palliative care-related separations reported in public and private hospitals in 2011–12. Almost $4.7 million in Medicare Benefits Schedule payments was paid for palliative medicine specialist services in 2012–13.

ISBN 978-1-74249-634-4; Cat. no. HWI 128; 147pp.; $18

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
    • Service provision
    • Resources and outcomes
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Defining palliative care
      • 1.2 Palliative care in Australia
      • 1.3 National policies for palliative care
      • 1.4 Report structure
    • 2 Admitted patient palliative care
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Admitted patient palliative care in 2011-12
      • 2.3 Profile of palliative care-related separations in 2011-12
      • 2.4 Characteristics of admitted palliative care patients
      • 2.5 Diagnosis-related information
      • 2.6 Change over time in the amount of activity
      • 2.7 Palliative care and deaths in hospital
    • 3 Palliative care in general practice
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 BEACH survey data
      • 3.3 Palliative care-related encounters
    • 4 Services provided by palliative medicine specialists
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Characteristics of patients receiving palliative medicine specialist services
      • 4.3 Types of MBS-subsidised palliative medicine specialist services
    • 5 Palliative care in residential aged care
      • 5.1 Data source
      • 5.2 Characteristics of residential aged care residents receiving palliative care
      • 5.3 Length of stay
    • 6 Palliative care-related medications
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 Characteristics of patients receiving palliative care-related prescriptions
      • 6.3 Types of palliative care-related prescriptions and prescribing clinicians
    • 7 Workforce
      • 7.1 Introduction
      • 7.2 Specialist palliative medicine physicians
    • 8 Palliative care outcomes
      • 8.1 Introduction
      • 8.2 Palliative Care Outcomes data set
      • 8.3 Patient characteristics
      • 8.4 Episode length
      • 8.5 Palliative care phases
      • 8.6 Palliative care outcome measures and benchmarks
    • 9 Palliative care facilities and services
      • 9.1 Hospice units in public hospitals
      • 9.2 Private acute and psychiatric hospitals
      • 9.3 Community Nursing Program for veterans
      • 9.4 Palliative care Standards
  • End matter
    • Supplementary tables
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Identifying palliative care separations
      • Appendix B: Data sources
      • Appendix C: Technical notes
      • Appendix D: Classifications
      • Appendix E: PCOC  benchmark revisions
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

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AIHW 2014. Palliative care services in Australia 2014. Cat. no. HWI 128. Canberra: AIHW.

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