Today’s report on Palliative Care by the Victorian Auditor-General provides a valuable independent assessment of the status of palliative care service provision across Victoria.
The Auditor-General acknowledges the important role of palliative care and the development of palliative care services in Victoria over the past 10 years, as well as highlighting areas for improvement.
“The audit noted escalating demand for palliative care is placing pressure on community palliative care services and the need for increased support for families and carers of people with a terminal illness. It also highlights the need to provide sufficient funding for palliative care services,” said Michael Bramwell, Chair of Palliative Care Victoria.
“These findings by the Auditor-General, and interim report by the Travis Review, lend support to Palliative Care Victoria’s submission to the Victorian Government to invest an extra $10 million for community palliative care services in 2015-2016, which would help to address the areas of improvement identified by the Auditor-General,” Mr. Bramwell said.
“We are also pleased that the Auditor-General highlights the need to improve community awareness of palliative care and recommends that health services provide a greater role in providing support to assist patients and carers to understand what services are available and to access them when they need them,” concluded Mr. Bramwell.