RESOURCES

Barriers to accessing palliative care

RESOURCES

Barriers to accessing palliative care

RESOURCES

Barriers to accessing palliative care

Australian Healthcare Associates (AHA) has been engaged by the Australian Government Department of Health to explore the barriers that people may experience in accessing quality palliative care. The project focusses on nine groups of people who are under-served or have complex needs.

If you are from one (or more) of these groups, AHA would like to hear from you – whether you have experience of palliative care services or not.

  • People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with a disability
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Veterans
  • Refugees
  • People who have been incarcerated
  • Care leavers (which includes Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations) and people affected by forced adoption or removal.

We’d like to hear your thoughts on end of life and palliative care, barriers to access, and how services could be improved. You can talk to us on the phone or in person, or be part of a group discussion. Anything you tell us will be kept anonymous.

To be involved, or for more information, please:

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness.  This is done through the prevention and relief of suffering by early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems (World Health Organization).