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Pilot to look at home based palliative care

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Taxpayers will fund a trial to provide palliative care services aimed at delivering the right care at the right time while also aiming to reduce hospitalisations. 

The $8.3 million pilot program will support people nearing the end of their lives so they can receive better care and treatment at home.

The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care program will use the government money to roll out in ten locations around Australia.

The program looks at coordinating patient supported services including: local GP treatment, palliative, hospital and specialist care support, and community and social services.

People will receive the right care at home, tailored to their own need, which will hopefully mean less trips to the hospital to access these services. 

Australians who are coming to the end of their life deserve to have the best care possible.

The program will be administered through Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia, and will be coordinated with local and state services, as well as aged care providers.

The ten PHNs which will take part in the trial include:  Brisbane South; Central QLD, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast; Gold Coast; South Western Sydney; Murrumbidgee; Western NSW; North Western Melbourne; Eastern Melbourne; Adelaide, and Country WA.

The trial runs until June 2020 and interested people and their families, in the trial areas, should contact their GP to discuss joining the program.  

Palliative Care Australia estimates that as many as 120,000 Australians may need to access palliative care each year.