EMPHN is working collaboratively with public and private providers including GPs and residential aged care facilities (RACF) to improve access to safe quality palliative care.
- Patient preferences for end of life care in the home can be better supported.
- RACF and GP confidence to manage and support patients at end of life in their preferred location is enhanced.
- RACFs and GPs are better able to recognise and manage acute deterioration in symptoms, resulting in fewer hospitalisation of palliative patients.
- After hours services are complemented with technology.
"Most people prefer to die comfortably at home or in a home-like environment with minimal pain and suffering. They hope to be surrounded by friends and family and the care services they need. A good death meets the individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the dying person."
Dying well, Hal Swerissen and Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute, September 2014