In 2016 The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare concluded that end-of-life care remains a community concern. They identified a number of themes about how the end of life could be improved for all Australians and better meet contemporary community expectations. These included:
- Encouraging all Australians to have conversations about and plan for death
- Providing timely advice about the availability of end-of-life and palliative care services and carer respite
- Facilitating Australian’s ability to ‘die in place’ rather than in hospital
- Better integration of end-of-life services between various components of the health sector, including potentially enhancing the role of primary care services in managing end-of-life care
At Prestantia Health our clinical services are focused on those people in residential aged care or housebound with chronic and complex conditions. Having conversations about and planning for end-of-life care, discussing palliative care options and providing medical care for them at the end of their life in collaboration with relatives, carers, aged care facilities and palliative care services.