Addressing palliative care gaps in rural areas

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Leading national organisations, including the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance), are joining together with Palliative Care Australia this National Palliative Care Week (19-25 May 2024) to advocate for better access to end-of-life supports for rural and regional communities, with a 12-month review laying out the way forward.

Led by the Australia New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM), the ‘Beyond the Burbs’ scoping review has identified a number of opportunities for workforce training and growth.

The Alliance emphasised that rural communities need government and health services to step up and play their part to deliver on palliative care needs of the future.

“This review reinforces the need for a National Rural Health Strategy – to ensure appropriate healthcare for rural Australians from birth to death,” said the Alliance Chief Executive Susi Tegen.

“Rural communities have a great history of fundraising to support locally based hospice and end of life care; government and health services need to step up and play their part in order to deliver on the palliative care needs of the future,” concluded Ms Tegen.

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