Skip to content
Medical Health Aged Care

New palliative care data highlights pressure on hospitals

Palliative Care Australia 2 mins read

Palliative Care Australia welcomes the release of new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 

“This AIHW data gives us a snapshot of how palliative care is delivered in hospitals and specialist palliative care units. The data is an important piece of the puzzle as government seeks to make reforms in primary care and aged care, which PCA hopes will improve access to palliative care,” says Camilla Rowland, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Palliative Care Australia (PCA). 

Among some of the findings of the Palliative care services in Australia report, is that hospitalisations continue to increase. 

“In fact, the number of palliative care-related hospitalisations is increasing at a faster rate than for all hospitalisations – a 23% increase compared with a 12% overall increase over the five years up to 2020-21.” Ms Rowland says.  

“Increasing hospitalisations have a huge impact on the workings of our health system and perhaps means that people aren’t getting the choice they deserve at the end of their life.” 

As AIHW points out, the ageing of Australia’s population is a major contributor to this growth.  In the wake of the Aged Care Royal Commission two years ago, one of the other markers the sector is watching is data that points to better access to palliative care within residential aged care. 

“Commissioners made 12 recommendations that specifically pointed to the need for palliative care to be better understood and embedded within aged care,” Ms Rowland says. 

“There is a great deal of positive and much-anticipated reform in aged care, but because the changes are so recent, we are waiting for data showing what we hope is increasing access to palliative care for aged care residents.”  

The 2023-2024 Australian Budget made significant investments in strengthening primary health and aged care; the results of that will hopefully become evident in future data releases from AIHW.   

“For most people with a life limiting illness, whether they are living at home or in an aged care facility - local GP’s, nurses, and allied health professionals can deliver the palliative care needed - outside of the hospital and specialist palliative care system, but many don’t have the training to do so,” Ms Rowland says.  

“We are partners in the health and aged care reforms that all Australians are calling for and we look forward to using this AIHW data and working with the government on their important agenda.”   

The full report from AIHW can be viewed HERE. 

Contact details:

Ian Campbell

P: 0417 482 171



More from this category

  • Medical Health Aged Care
  • 29/11/2023
  • 12:07
Hola Health

Leading health tech firm named among fastest-growing Australian start-ups

Hola Health, a leading local health tech start-up providing telehealth and online script fulfillment services to a growing number of Australians, has been named in the top 5 fastest-growing new companies in the country in a prestigious annual list. The Australian Financial Review’s Fast Starters list recognises Australia’s 100 fastest-growing start-ups and young companies.It shows Hola Health grew revenue from around $100,000 in 2020/21 to $3.8 million last financial year. It is on track to exceed $10 million in revenue by the end of this financial year. In naming Hola Health at number five on the list, the AFR hailed…

  • Contains:
  • Medical Health Aged Care
  • 29/11/2023
  • 07:34
Public Health Association of Australia / Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

New research reveals how babies and toddlers are targeted with unhealthy foods

Wednesday 29 November 2023 Babies and toddlers can't read or buy food yet, but new research reveals that they are being targeted with aggressive marketing in the baby and toddler aisle at the supermarket. The research, published today in theAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,has prompted health experts to call for regulation of on-pack labelling and promotional techniques used on baby and toddler food. Authors analysed 230 product packs found in two major supermarkets to uncover the marketing techniques used by manufacturers of products for children aged from just six months to three years. They found that 9…

  • Medical Health Aged Care
  • 29/11/2023
  • 06:05
Royal Australian College of GPs

RACGP backs duty of care bill for climate change harms

Australia’s largest representative body for GPs has thrown its support behind a duty of care bill requiring the Federal Government to protect young people from climate change harms in decision-making. It comes in the lead up to the first-ever Health Day at the COP28 UN Climate Conference, on Sunday 3 December, which will highlight the health impacts of climate change and the health case for climate action. Independent ACT Senator David Pocock introduced the bill which proposes government must consider the wellbeing of young people and future generations when making decisions that facilitate or fund projects that could significantly increase…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time your distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.