Background

As our population continues to age, there will not be sufficient specialist palliative care services to meet demand. It is important that primary care plays an increasingly important role in addressing this increasing demand. More consistent involvement of primary care in palliative and end of life care also has significant benefits to consumers and the community, including increased ability for people to die in their preferred place of choice.

It is also important that consumers, carers and families are prepared for the realities of end of life care. Planning for end of life care is important and there are opportunities for this to be integrated into the management of many chronic conditions.

Palliative and end of life care is a key identified priority for COORDINARE. Read our priority statement here.

In 2017, COORDINARE commissioned development of a model of care to support the role of primary care providers in palliative and end of life care in South Eastern NSW. This involved wide-ranging consultation with GPs, other care providers and consumers from across our region to identify key issues and priorities, and development of a model which acknowledges the diverse needs and service contexts across the region. The need to strengthen advance care planning was identified as a priority by consumers to ensure discussions are held early enough to enable respect of each person’s wishes about their death.