A Snapshot of Palliative Care Services in Australia

The current debate on voluntary assisted dying (VAD) naturally prompts a discussion of the current state of palliative care in Australia. Palliative care, namely its provision, should be an important consideration in the debate on VAD. Ensuring access and equity, both underlying principles of social justice, is essential. This means that palliative care should not only be available to everyone who needs it, but it should also be readily available for the disadvantaged members of society. In light of this, and with VAD having been legalised in Victoria in 2018 and being under consideration in other states, it is important that before other parliaments follow suit, they first ensure that quality palliative care is accessible and equitable, and that gaps in provision are addressed. For these reasons, palliative care needs to be a primary factor in the current debate on VAD.

A Snapshot of Palliative Care Services in Australia investigates and explores patterns in palliative care service provision, and in some cases analyses and compares changes over time. It identifies gaps in palliative care provision, and given the gaps, areas for policy action.

A Snapshot of Palliative Care Services in Australia is currently being finalised and will be published in October 2020.

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