Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care (GCfAHPC)

Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care (GCfAHPC)

Being cared for and dying at home is most people’s preference.

This project aims to help make that possible.

In 2017-18, the Australian Government provided funding to 11 PHN trial sites to pilot the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Measure. Funding was provided to boost palliative care coordination and integration to support people who have a known life-limiting condition, by improving choice and quality of care and support in the home. 
In the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government has committed $37.3 million to expand the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Measure to all PHNs, nationally, for four years to 2024-25.
Under this program, PHNs will develop and implement new and innovative projects or expand and build on existing activities implemented through the pilot with a focus on achieving the following objectives:  
  • Improve access to palliative care at home and support end-of-life care systems and services in primary health care and community care
  • Enable the right care at the right time and in the right place to reduce unnecessary hospitalisation
  • Generate and use data to support continuous improvement of services across sectors
  • Use available technologies to support flexible and responsive palliative care at home, including in the after-hours.

These objectives contribute to achieving the following intended overarching outcomes of:

  • Improved capacity and responsiveness of services to meet local needs and priorities
  • Improved patient access to quality palliative care services in the home
  • Improved coordination of care for patients across health care providers and integration of palliative care services in their region

Peter Westoby Interview on Community Development and Palliative Care - WQPHN from WQPHN on Vimeo.

  • Q. What is the project - what we do?

    WQPHN GCfAHPC Project works to increase awareness of and facilitate access to safe quality palliative and end of life care at home. To link education and training resources through palliative care projects in our region and establish collaboration with all levels of health networks, including communities across our region.

  • q. how will we do it?

    We will undertake a needs assessment and mapping activities to inform planning and development of activities with the program to commence in 2022 – 2023. We will establish or connect to existing networks whilst creating outcomes which enhance the standard of palliative care in Western Queensland. This includes linking and drawing upon education and training already existing in the region and available via national palliative Care projects.

  • q. who are we working with?

    Local and state government networks, Hospital and Health Services, Non-for-Project Service Providers, State-wide and National Palliative Care Projects & Services, local business and community members.