ANZSPM welcomes updated National Palliative Care Strategy

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The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) welcomes the release this week of the updated National Palliative Care Strategy by the Australian Government Department of Health.

ANZSPM President, Professor Meera Agar, said: "The national strategy is an important acknowledgement of the critical role of palliative care services across Australia supporting people with a life limiting illness. ANZSPM is pleased that the updated strategy demonstrates the combined commitment of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to working together to ensure equitable palliative care for all people with a life limiting illness as well as their families and carers."

The strategy sets out a shared direction for palliative care services across Australia having regard to the following six guiding principles.

Prof Agar said: "ANZSPM supports the goals outlined in the strategy and the guiding principles. There is clear emphasis on the need for a capable and supported workforce and strong evidence base as well as processes that foster collaboration and understanding of palliative care practice across different care settings. Ongoing investment in Palliative Medicine across all levels of government is critical to achieving those goals. ANZSPM looks forward to supporting implementation of the strategy via our membership base. We welcome ongoing consultation to ensure that Australia continues to deliver leading palliative care services and research, with an appropriately skilled and resourced workforce well into the future."