Palliative Care

Vision for the South Island Palliative Care Workstream 

High quality, person centred, palliative and end of life care available to all the population of the South Island according to need and irrespective of location.

To achieve this vision:

  • All health care workers will be appropriately educated / trained in palliative care, and have an appreciation that care of the dying and their family/whanau requires the attention and commitment of everyone involved
  • Specialist palliative care services will ensure that timely and efficient care, advice and support is provided on referral and that equity of access to this expertise is guaranteed
  • The wider health system will be configured and resourced to ensure seamless care for palliative patients with services and organisations committed to integration, partnership and cooperation

Working closely alongside the other regional and local groups including the Southern Cancer Network and Health of Older People SLA (HOPSLA), the South Island Palliative Care Workstream recognises the need to take a whole of sector approach to palliative and end of life care.

The end of life is a particularly vulnerable time for patients and their families – services need to be easily accessible and well co-ordinated.  The Workstream will be focusing on both primary and secondary care services, working to ensure those with terminal illnesses across all ages and ethnic groups in the South Island have access to high quality, timely care.

The group has established four priorities that focus on taking stock of several aspects of palliative care provision and identifying opportunities to link and improve services. These include:

  • IT linkages between GP practices, hospices, and hospitals; the Palliative Care Workstream will work alongside the Alliance’s Information Services group to ensure that as they roll-out new systems and platforms, information relating to palliative care across primary, secondary, aged residential care and NGOs are aligned.
  • Hospital and Hospice Palliative Care Services; the intention is that this will primarily focus on models of care and scoping work is underway to determine the shape of this work.
  • Primary and Community Care, including the Aged Residential sector; scoping work has been started with a focus on ensuring that our priorities align with the work of the Palliative Care Council and other national groups. 
  • Networking and Engagement; this will incorporate ensuring good communication in the health sector and improving engagement with the general public and consumers. This work will need to be cognisant of the work of other agencies.

A fifth priority, workforce, will also be addressed and will be informed by the work in the four other areas.

The group brings extensive expertise in palliative care from both community and secondary settings, planning and funding, clinical leadership and development and community representation.


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