What is Palliative Care?

    Palliative care helps people to live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. 

    Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. It is person centred care that is based on each person’s unique needs and extends to support and care for family and other carers.

    What is the draft Palliative Care Strategic Framework 2021-2026?

    The draft Palliative Care Strategic Framework 2021-2026 framework aims to support the improvement of the quality and availability of palliative and end of life care services in South Australia.

    It will identify the key priorities and actions we need to take to improve the way we plan and deliver palliative care over the next five years.

    The Framework prioritises:

    • increasing community awareness, understanding and engagement with end of life matters
    • improving access to palliative care particularly for underserved populations
    • enhancing collaboration and coordination of palliative care
    • improving the collection, measurement and reporting of data regarding palliative care

    The Framework is consumer focused and will assist in developing a new Palliative Care Services Plan.

    Who developed the draft Framework?

    The draft Framework was developed by SA Health in consultation with clinicians and the community to improve the quality of life and experience of dying for people with life-limiting illness.

    Why is there a public consultation?

    Your feedback will help us ensure that the things that matter to you are considered in the development of the South Australian Palliative Care Strategic Framework 2021-2026.

    What are we seeking feedback on?

    We want your views on the key priorities and opportunities to improve palliative care in South Australia.

    What will this feedback be used for?

    All feedback will be taken into consideration and will help to inform the final Palliative Care Strategic Framework 2021-2026. The final Palliative Care Services Plan will be released later this year and will be available on the SA Health website.

    Who can provide feedback during the consultation?

    SA Health is seeking comment from the South Australian community, services providers, people working in palliative care services, and other stakeholders.

    When does the consultation close?

    The consultation closes at 5pm on 2 July 2021.