Monthly Archives: November 2016

Calls for More Funding for Palliative Care

On 18 November, in the lead up to the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of the End of Life Choices Inquiry, Palliative Care Victoria (PCV) issued a media release calling for a substantial increase in funding for palliative care. You can read the media release here.

PCV were pleased to note that several Victorian Parliamentarians also called for more funding for palliative care during the debate on the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill 2016 this week.

Medical Treatment Planning & Decisions Bill 2016

This important Bill providing for advance care directives for current and future medical conditions was passed by the Victorian Parliament this week. It included some key amendments put forward by the Government and Opposition based on submissions by a range of key stakeholders, including Palliative Care Victoria. Once given Royal Assent by the Governor, it will take effect in March 2018.

AMA urges government to spend more on end of life care and palliative services

AMA urges government to spend moreAustralia’s peak doctors group has urged governments to increase funding for quality end of life care and nationally consistent palliative care services in Australia.
The Australian Medical Association has also called for a comprehensive education and information campaign to raise community awareness of the medical and nursing assistance available at the end of life.

“Doctors have an ethical duty to care for dying patients so that they can die in comfort and with dignity,” said AMA president Dr Michael Gannon yesterday as the peak body released its Position Statement on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide 2016.

The updated statement is the result of a comprehensive year-long policy review by the AMA, including a survey of members.

Medicinal Cannabis: A national approach is necessary

The CEO of SHPA, Kristin Michaels said today that an agreed Australia-wide approach to the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is essential for ensuring public understanding of acceptable and unacceptable usage and to protect standards for medicines management.

(Source: SHPA)

Appropriate care for those with advanced dementia

The latest GeriPal podcast discusses two articles about care for people with advanced dementia. The JAMA IM article identifies the significant increase in the use of mechanical ventilation for nursing home residents with advanced dementia (doubled from 2000 to 2013) without a substantial improvement in survival. The second, a recent JAGS article, encouraged cultivating a culture of integrated palliative care, including specialist palliative care, in nursing homes. You can listen to the podcast (14:56) here.

Eastern Palliative Care Vacancies

Registered Nurse Div 1,(Casual Bank Staff)
Eastern Palliative Care Assoc Inc
Closes 11 November 2016

Registered Nurse Grade 3
Eastern Palliative Care Assoc Inc
Closes 10 November 2016

Family Support Worker (Permanent, P/Time)
Eastern Palliative Care Assoc Inc
Closes 11 November 2016

Productivity Commission submission

Palliative Care Australia has released its submission to the Productivity Commission in response to the Human Services inquiry recommendation for increased competition in specialist palliative care. The submission suggests that more work needs to be done to ensure access to palliative care in all settings, to identify the minimum requirements for palliative care services in the community, including non-specialist palliative care services, and to improve the availability of data to support reform prior to the proposed changes. You can read the PCA submission here.

International keynote addresses – now available to view online

The inspiring and informative keynote addresses by Dr Emilio Herrera and Dr Heather Richardson at our 2016 conference highlighted very important opportunities for the future development of palliative care. If you were unable to attend our Inside Outside Palliative Care Conference we encourage you to view these presentations available from the PCV website.