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

The Queensland Department of Health has undertake consultation and engagement with Hospital and Health Services, non-government organisations, clinicians, the palliative care sector and consumers to support the development of a new Palliative and End-of-Life Care Strategy (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 guide the development of the Strategy and the delivery of person-centred palliative care outcomes.

As part of this process the Department of 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.

This engagement builds on the previous consultation undertaken as part of the Queensland Parliamentary Committee’s inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and the Queensland Health Palliative Care Services Review 2018.

Information from all consultation and engagement processes, and the recommendations provided through the inquiry is being used to inform the principles, goals and action areas for inclusion in the Strategy.

Go here for more information on the consultation and engagement for developing the Strategy, and here for information on developing the Workforce Plan. If you are unable to view these online, you can view PDF versions of the Strategy and Workforce Plan consultation outcomes.

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

Subject to approval, it is intended that the Strategy, and accompanying workforce plan, will be released later in 2022.

Last updated: 26 April 2022