Palliative Care

Estab­lished in 2019, the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work aims to improve Pal­lia­tive Care ser­vices for all South Australians.

Join a Pal­lia­tive Care Work­ing Group

The Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work has iden­ti­fied the need for two impor­tant work­ing groups to come togeth­er for a peri­od of 9 – 12 months, to achieve the fol­low­ing project goals.

Appli­ca­tions have now closed Mon­day, 1 August 2022.

Cur­rent Projects

South Australia’s Pal­lia­tive Care Strate­gic Frame­work 2022 – 2027

The Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Steer­ing Com­mit­tee is proud to share South Aus­trali­a’s Pal­lia­tive Care Strate­gic Frame­work 2022 – 2027.

The Frame­work was devel­oped by SA Health in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Steer­ing Com­mit­tee and pal­lia­tive care stake­hold­ers from across our community.

This pro­vides the blue­print for the state ser­vices plan for pal­lia­tive care, from pri­ma­ry care in the com­mu­ni­ty to spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care. Good pal­lia­tive care aims to improve the qual­i­ty of life for those with a life lim­it­ing ill­ness. As our pop­u­la­tion ages there is an increas­ing num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing with chron­ic con­di­tions, frailty, demen­tia or a can­cer diag­no­sis.

Key ini­tial focus areas for the Net­work and stake­hold­ers are the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of a:

  • Pal­lia­tive Care Ser­vices Plan
  • Co-designed statewide Pal­lia­tive Care mod­el of care
  • Sys­tem wide approach to the col­lec­tion, mon­i­tor­ing and report­ing of data relat­ing to pal­lia­tive care

Hear from Dr Peter All­croft and Kathryn Houri­g­an about the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Network

Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network Steering Committee

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
Arrin Wis­lang
Man­ag­er Clin­i­cal Ser­vices, Rur­al Sup­port Ser­vice, Region­al Local Health Net­works, SA Health
Dr Peter Allcroft
Staff Spe­cial­ist, South­ern Ade­laide Pal­lia­tive Services
Jane Mus­sared
Chief Exec­u­tive, COTA South Australia
Sara Flem­ing
Lead, Pae­di­atric Pal­lia­tive Care, Wom­en’s and Chil­dren’s Hospital
Dr Sonia Schutz
Rur­al GP Lead at Pal­lia­tive Care
Dr Stephen Byrne
Gen­er­al Prac­ti­tion­er, Gool­wa Med­ical Centre
Dr Tim To
Divi­sion Reha­bil­i­ta­tion, Aged Care & Pal­lia­tive Care, Reha­bil­i­ta­tion and Pal­lia­tive Care, Flinders Med­ical Centre
Alice Every
Nurs­ing Direc­tor, Aged Care Reha­bil­i­ta­tion and Pal­lia­tive Care, North­ern Ade­laide Local Health Network

Network Co-Lead

Dr Peter Allcroft

Network Co-Lead

Kathryn Hourigan

The Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work is the first net­work to imple­ment a co-lead­er­ship struc­ture. This sees both a clin­i­cal and con­sumer rep­re­sen­ta­tive join forces to lead the network.

Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Net­work 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.

Addi­tion­al Doc­u­ments and Information



Nation­al Pal­lia­tive Care Week 2022

The theme of Pal­lia­tive Care Week 2022 is It’s your right”, to raise aware­ness for all Aus­tralians that they have a right to the best pal­lia­tive care ser­vices when and where they need it.

For many, the thought of pal­lia­tive care rais­es con­cerns and fears about what to expect and where to seek guid­ance and sup­port, whilst main­tain­ing hope that symp­toms can be man­aged and dig­ni­ty maintained.

Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Net­work Co-Leads, Kathryn Houri­g­an and Dr Peter All­croft have devel­oped a series of videos that aim to increase com­mu­ni­ty aware­ness of pal­lia­tive care, dis­cussing some of the dif­fi­cult con­cerns and bust­ing sev­er­al myths.

To watch this series, see Rais­ing aware­ness and bust­ing myths about pal­lia­tive care.

Have a question?

Or want to know more about the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work?
Please email CEIHPalliativeCare@​sa.​gov.​au.