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Report of QLD Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care

On Tuesday 24 March 2020, the first report the Queensland Parliamentary Committee inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying was published. ANZSPM made a submission the inquiry and notes this first report's strong focus on access to high-quality, people-centred palliative care at home, in hospital or an aged care residential facility. A separate, second report on voluntary assisted dying is due to be published on 31 March 2020.

The report makes 77 recommendations, including 26 recommendations focused on how to improve access to and delivery of palliative and end-of-life care services in Queensland. However, some recommendations are directed towards the Australian government, rather than the state government. Many of the recommendations suggest the Committee recognises the need for improvement in a number of areas of palliative care delivery in Queensland, including in relation to accessibility, community awareness, training and development of the palliative care workforce, new models of care including integration of care and carer support. The report also identifies a number of areas where the palliative care needs of Queenslanders are currently unmet including in relation to rural and remote areas of Queensland.

Key recommendations include:

While ANZSPM works through the details of this report ahead of the Queensland's government's response, we encourage members to email us at info@anzspm.org.au with any comments and feedback on the report. ANZSPM will inform members when the second report on voluntary assisted dying is tabled.