Whether helping people with life-limiting conditions to maximise their quality of life or ensuring comfort at the end of life, palliative care is an essential component of modern health care services. The NSW Government is committed to increasing people's access to palliative care across NSW and giving people with a life-limiting illness greater choice about where they receive care at the end of their life.
The End of Life and Palliative Care Framework 2019-2024 articulates NSW Health’s vision of an integrated approach to end of life and palliative care planning and services within the NSW health system. Funding to support activities under the Framework was released in 2017 ($100 million, 2017-18 to 2020-21), 2019 ($45 million, 2019-20 to 2022-23) and 2020 ($56 million, 2020-21 to 2023-24). Many initiatives are also supported outside of these enhancements.
This funding supports palliative care initiatives in various areas:
A strong workforce is essential for providing high quality care. Recent to enhancements to the palliative care workforce include:
Supports funded by NSW Health help to provide the best possible care for all individuals nearing the end of their life, and for their families and carers. Initiatives include:
Through funded initiatives, NSW Health services aim to promote dignity and to prevent and reduce physical and emotional suffering at end of life. Initiatives include:
For information on other palliative care services in NSW, visit your local health district webpage or the links below.