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Consultation and Engagement on the new Queensland Palliative and End-of-Life Care Strategy

The Queensland Department of Health undertook consultation and engagement with stakeholders and consumers to support the development of the new Palliative and End-of-Life Care Strategy. The Strategy will be pivotal in guiding directions and outcomes for palliative care in Queensland.

From July to November 2021, stakeholders were consulted on the proposed principles and goals for the Strategy and asked to identify potential areas for action.

Queensland Health partnered with Health Consumers Queensland and Palliative Care Queensland to engage with consumers, families and carers, the palliative care sector and clinicians, ensuring that both collective knowledge and lived experience guided the development of the Strategy and the delivery of person-centred palliative care outcomes.

As part of this process Queensland Health consulted with:

  • Consumers, families and carers through Kitchen Table Discussions or Yarning Circles facilitated by Health Consumers Queensland
  • A wide range of Queensland Health staff, including specialist palliative care clinicians, nurses, physicians and allied health specialists through multiple meetings with each Hospital and Health Service and via a survey.
  • Clinicians, nurses, allied health staff and sector and consumer representatives through four dedicated workshops
  • Representatives from non-government organisations, including palliative care service providers, Primary Health Networks and peak bodies facilitated by Palliative Care Queensland.
  • Various stakeholders in a workshop focussed on principles of good practice for designing and delivering culturally safe and respectful community-based palliative and end-of-life care for First Nations peoples.

This engagement builds on the previous consultation undertaken as part of Queensland 56th Parliament Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee’s Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and its Report No. 33 tabled in March 2020, and the Queensland Health Palliative Care Services Review 2018.

Information from all consultation and engagement processes was used to inform the principles, goals and actions for inclusion in the Strategy.

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Queensland Health would like to thank all consultation and engagement partners and participants for their time and valuable input.

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Last updated: 28 October 2022

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