Working together to improve palliative care in South Australia
In early 2022, the Network determined a new direction and have focused their work to understand:
‘What would it be like to experience the best possible palliative care in South Australia?’
The Network identified two key priority areas:
- Workforce sustainability
- Navigation of services.
Two working groups have been established to focus on each priority area and develop initiatives that promote the best possible experience for palliative care patients, their support networks and healthcare workers.
The Working Groups’ members include:
- Community Care
- Rural services
- Emergency Departments
- Palliative Care services
- SA Ambulance Services
- Other clinical speciality services
- Department for Health and Wellbeing.
The Network takes a unique approach to its leadership, being co-led by consumer, Kathryn Hourigan and clinician, Dr Peter Allcroft.
This co-leadership approach recognises the relevance of consumer perspectives in leading improvement and innovation in Palliative Care, and reinforces our commitment to consumer engagement.
The Network has also partnered with us to develop a Palliative Care Patient Reported Measure for South Australia. This initiative will give patients the opportunity to provide feedback about their health experiences and outcomes, to drive improvements in care and healthcare outcomes.
This valuable feedback will help drive improvements across Palliative Care services in South Australia.
Strategic Framework for Palliative Care
The Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network (the Network) partnered with the Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW), to develop the Strategic Framework for Palliative Care in South Australia.
The Framework, delivered in December 2021, was developed to guide and prioritise improvements in the quality and availability of palliative care services for all South Australians.
Read more about South Australia’s Palliative Care Strategic Framework 2022 – 2027 on the SA Health website.
Hear from Dr Peter Allcroft and Kathryn Hourigan about the Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network
Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network Steering Committee
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
State and Territory Manager SA/NT, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Nursing Director, Palliative Care Projects, Department for Health and Wellbeing
Regional, Rural and Remote Project Officer, Aged and Community Services SA/NT
|Dr Linda Foreman||
Palliative Care Consultant, Central Adelaide Palliative Care Services
Nurse Practitioner- Palliative Care, Limestone Coast Health Service
Manager Clinical Services, Rural Support Service, Regional Local Health Networks, SA Health
|Dr Peter Allcroft||
Staff Specialist, Southern Adelaide Palliative Services
Chief Executive, COTA South Australia
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
Nursing Director, Aged Care Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
Dr Peter Allcroft
Palliative care video series
The Network Co-Leads, Kathryn Hourigan and Dr Peter Allcroft have developed a series of videos 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.
Documents and resources
Want to know more?
If you’d like to find out more about the Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network email us at CEIHPalliativeCare@sa.gov.au.