Through stakeholder consultation and a co design process, and under the guidance of a multidisciplinary advisory group, the South Eastern NSW PHN has supported the development of two integrated palliative and end of life models of care.
These models of care have been refined for the local context in Southern NSW and Illawarra Shoalhaven. They draw on national and international models and have been developed to align with key policy and health system changes in NSW and Australia.
The model for palliative and end-of-life care in Illawarra Shoalhaven is based on a stepped care approach. This approach involves a hierarchy of care and services, from the least to the most intensive, matched to the needs of the individual. While there are three levels within the defined stepped care model, these levels do not operate in silos or as one directional steps, but rather offer a spectrum of services and interventions. A key component of this model is multidisciplinary care.
This model of care has been developed to support the care of adults living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. While many of the principles of care are similar for children and young people with a life limiting illness, such as holistic, person-centred and tailored care, children and young people often have specific needs and may require specialised paediatric services. For more information on paediatric palliative care, visit the NSW Paediatric Palliative Care Programme website.
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