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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.
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes palliative care as an approach that 'improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care:
The AIHW’s Palliative care services in Australia report provides centralised and accessible information on a range of palliative care services. The AIHW is also working with palliative care stakeholders to help address data gaps in palliative care reporting.
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