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Catholic Health urges palliative care where people live

Catholic Health Australia has called for a more concerted effort to extend services for the dying beyond Australia's big cities to the regions and where retirees are moving.

Responding to the release of an analysis from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, CHA CEO Francis Sullivan said: "The report clearly shows that more services for the dying are needed where people live, not just where it is convenient for institutions to run them."

"This report raises serious questions over the pace of development of appropriate palliative care services in Australia. With people retiring away from the big cities, health services must shift as well."

"The reported 80% of palliative care admissions to public hospitals with a length of stay averaging 12 days demonstrates that more cost effective services need to be mounted to reduce the pressure on the acute sector."

"This is exactly why the Commonwealth, state and territory health ministers must settle on practical plans to improve health services as they finalise the next funding agreements for the health system."

Catholic Health Australia

Catholic Health Australia
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare | Admitted Patient Palliative Care in Australia 1999-00 (PDF Download)

21 Jul 2003