Palliative Care

Our Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work aims to improve access, equi­ty and care to South Aus­tralians requir­ing pal­lia­tive care services.

Pal­lia­tive Care Expe­ri­ence Sur­vey 2020

We are devel­op­ing a Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Ser­vices Plan for 2021 – 2026 and would like to hear your expe­ri­ences as:

  • a patient who has been receiv­ing pal­lia­tive care in 2020
  • an unpaid car­er who has pro­vid­ed pal­lia­tive care in 2020
  • a health pro­fes­sion­al or vol­un­teer who has pro­vid­ed pal­lia­tive care in 2020.

The sur­vey should take no longer than 10 – 15 min­utes and your respons­es will be anonymous.

Please share your expe­ri­ences here.

COVID-19

Pro­vid­ing end-of-life care can be made more dif­fi­cult dur­ing this time, and SA Health pro­vides guid­ance to best man­age patients and sup­port their families.

For more infor­ma­tion vis­it SA Health.

Pal­lia­tive Care COVID-19 Response Group

A statewide Pal­lia­tive Care COVID-19 Response Group com­pris­ing clin­i­cians across the pub­lic and pri­vate health sys­tems was estab­lished. The response group pro­vid­ed means to raise, dis­cuss, esca­late and resolve pal­lia­tive care issues impact­ed by COVID-19. The group con­sid­ered patient, com­mu­ni­ty and staff wel­fare in the pro­vi­sion of pal­lia­tive care.

The report from the Pal­lia­tive Care COVID-19 Response Group high­lights the ini­tia­tives under­tak­en for the pro­vi­sion of pal­lia­tive care for ter­mi­nal­ly ill COVID-19 patients and their fam­i­lies, and the ongo­ing pro­vi­sion of safe pre-exist­ing pal­lia­tive care ser­vice deliv­ery in the acute and com­mu­ni­ty settings.

Read the Report from the Pal­lia­tive Care COVID-19 Response Group (156 KBPDF)

Goals 

We’re com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the best pal­lia­tive care ser­vice to patients, car­ers and the wider com­mu­ni­ty. We will accom­plish this through part­ner­ing with a range of con­sumers, ser­vices and health work­ers across a range of sectors.

We’ll deliv­er bet­ter pal­lia­tive care through:

  • increas­ing aware­ness of advanced care planning;
  • devel­op­ing bet­ter health lit­er­a­cy in the community;
  • col­lab­o­rat­ing to improve data col­lec­tion; and
  • mea­sur­ing, mon­i­tor­ing and reporting.

Read the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Vision and Aims (64 KB, PDF).

Pal­lia­tive Care 2020 Grants Program

The Pal­lia­tive Care 2020 Grants Pro­gram will help improve access to and diver­si­fy qual­i­ty pal­lia­tive care ser­vices for pri­or­i­ty pop­u­la­tions as well as South Aus­tralians liv­ing in res­i­den­tial aged care facilities.

For more infor­ma­tion about the Pal­lia­tive Care 2020 Grants Pro­gram vis­it SA Health.

Network Lead

Dr David Holden

Steering Committee

Alan Bevan
Consumer Representative
Caroline Amato
Director Clinical Operations, Specialist Programs RDNS
Dr Charlotte Griffiths
Palliative Care Consultant, Mary Potter Hospice, Calvary North Adelaide Hospital
Dr Deidre Morgan
Lecturer, Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University
Helen Stone
State and Territory Manager SA/NT, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Jane Marshall
Consumer Representative
Kate Swetenham
Nursing Director, Palliative Care Projects, Department for Health and Wellbeing
Lesley King
Regional, Rural and Remote Project Officer, Aged and Community Services SA/NT
Dr Linda Foreman
Palliative Care Consultant, Central Adelaide Palliative Care Services
Liz Fallas
Nurse Practitioner- Palliative Care, Limestone Coast Health Service
Mark Waters
Executive Director, Palliative Care SA
Parry Agius
Managing Director, Linking Futures
Dr Peter Allcroft
Staff Specialist, Southern Adelaide Palliative Services
Peter Jenkin
Nurse Practitioner- Palliative Care, Resthaven Inc.
Sara Fleming
Clinical lead, Paediatric Palliative Care, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Dr Sonia Schutz
Rural GP Clinical Lead — Palliative Care
Dr Stephen Byrne
General Practitioner, Goolwa Medical Centre
Tracy Bryant
Advanced Nurse Unit Manager, Northern Adelaide Palliative Care Service
Dr Tim To
Division Rehabilitation, Aged Care & Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, Flinders Medical Centre

To learn more about the com­mit­tee mem­bers, see Steer­ing Com­mit­tee biogra­phies.

Documents and resources

More information

For more infor­ma­tion about the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Net­work con­tact our Clin­i­cal Net­work Advi­sor, Rama.​Ramanathan@​sa.​gov.​au.