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Palliative care services in Australia 2013

Palliative care services in Australia 2013 is the second 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 2011-12 and where indicated, 2010-11 are presented, as are changes over time. There were almost 24,500  palliative care-related separations reported in public and private hospitals in 2010-11. Almost $3.5 million in Medicare Benefits Schedule payments was paid for palliative medicine specialist services in 2011-12.

Palliative care services in Australia 2012

Palliative care services in Australia is the first in a planned series of annual reports providing a detailed picture of the national response to the palliative care needs of Australians. Details from a range of data sources for 2009-10, and where available 2010-11, are presented, as are changes over time. There were almost 56,000 palliative care separations reported in public and private hospitals in 2009-10. Almost $3 million in Medicare Benefits Schedule payments was paid for palliative medicine specialist services in 2010-11.

Trends in palliative care in Australian hospitals

Trends in palliative care in Australian hospitals provides an overview of the nature and extent of palliative care separations in public and private hospitals across Australia for the 10-year period from 1999-00 to 2008-09. These separations may have occurred in a dedicated palliative care ward, a hospice or in other admitted patient beds in a hospital. The report indicates that there has been a substantial increase in the number of palliative care separations in admitted patient settings over time.

Identifying palliative care separations in admitted patient data: technical paper

This technical paper explores the most appropriate method of identifying those separations that occurred in Australian hospitals for which palliative care was a substantial component of the care provided. Coding and collection rules are considered, as well as national admitted patient data for 1999-00 to 2008-09.

National palliative care performance indicators: results of the 2008 performance indicator data collection

National palliative care performance indicators: results of the 2008 performance indicator data collection presents the findings of the fourth national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector. The information collected provides information on the extent to which palliative care agencies have met the four national performance indicators that were developed based on the goals and objectives of the National Palliative Care Strategy. The report also presents information on changes to performance (as measured by these performance indicators) that have occurred between the 2008 survey and previous surveys.

National palliative care performance indicators: results of the 2007 performance indicator data collection

This report presents the findings of the 2007 national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector, and comparisons with the results of previous collections in 2005 and 2006. Some characteristics of palliative care agencies are also described.The information was collected to calculate four nationally agreed performance indicators that were developed by representatives of the states and territories and the Australian Government through the Palliative Care Intergovernmental Forum.The indicators are based on the goals and objectives of the National Palliative Care Strategy, and provide information on the extent to which the strategy has been implemented in areas such as strategic planning, use of standards, collection of feedback and formation of partnerships.

Report on the pilot test of the community-based palliative care client data collection

This report outlines the need for a data set for community-based palliative care services that is relevant to national policy development and accountability, and provides details of a pilot test of the data set which aimed to evaluate the data items and their permissible values. This data set lays the foundation for the future agreement of a national minimum data set, which would see the collection of ongoing data about community-based palliative care clients for national collection and reporting. The data items within the draft client data set specification include items that relate to: the patient, the episode of palliative care, the episode of grief and bereavement counselling, and each service contact within these episodes.

National palliative care performance indicators: results of the 2006 performance indicator data collection

This report presents the findings of the second national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector. The information collected was designed to support the calculation of four national performance indicators that were developed and agreed by representatives of the states and territories and the Australian Government on the Palliative care Intergovernmental Forum. The four performance indicators are based on the goals and objectives of the National Palliative Care Strategy and provide some information on the extent to which the Strategy has been implemented.

National palliative care performance indicators: report on the national palliative care performance indicator data collection 2005

This report presents the findings of the first national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector. The information collected was designed to support the calculation of four national performance indicators that were developed and agreed by representatives of the states and territories and the Australian Government on the Palliative Care Intergovernmental Forum. The four performance indicators are based on the goals and objectives of the National Palliative Care Strategy and provide some information on the extent to which the Strategy has been implemented.

National palliative care information collection: a way forward for community-based palliative care

This report was prepared by the AIHW with guidance from the Palliative Care Information Development Working Group. It explores issues associated with current data collection in the area of community based palliative care provision and recommends strategies leading to the collection of nationally comparable information.

Admitted Patient Palliative Care National Minimum Data Set: national health data dictionary, version 12

A National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) is a core set of data elements agreed by the National Health Information Management Group for mandatory collection and reporting at a national level. One NMDS may include data elements that are also included in another National Minimum Data Set. A NMDS is contingent upon a national agreement to collect uniform data and to supply it as part of the national collection, but does not preclude agencies and service providers from collecting additional data to meet their own specific needs.The National Health Data Dictionary contains definitions of data elements that are included in NMDS collections in the health sector, including data elements used to derive some of the performance indicators required under Australian Health Care Agreements (bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments about funding and delivery of health services).The following pages contain the Admitted patient palliative care NMDS and its associated data elements and data element concepts.

Admitted patient palliative care in Australia 1999-00

The National Palliative Care Strategy seeks to achieve consistent reporting on palliative care services across all service delivery settings. National information about community-based palliative care is not yet available, however, this report presents part of the picture by providing an overview of palliative care delivered in Australian hospitals during 1999-00.Admitted Patient Palliative Care in Australia 1999-00 describes hospital establishments that provide palliative care, and includes information on the demographic characteristics of patients, diagnoses, procedures undergone, and average lengths of stay.