The National Standards
The ﬁrst edition of the Standards was developed by Palliative Care Australia (PCA, then the Australian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care) in 1994 in collaboration with the palliative care community. The original Standards represented a set of philosophical standards, reﬂecting the need at the time to clearly articulate and promote a vision for compassionate and appropriate end of life care. the Standards to be revisited to ensure that they have kept pace with the development of palliative care services across the country and with other health service development work that has occurred over the past decade.
The Standards have been revisited and revised to ensure they have kept pace with the development of palliative care services across the country and with other health service development work. The fourth edition of the Standards was published in 2005. The review of the fifth edition of the Standards began in 2014, including an extensive consultation with the palliative care, aged care and health sectors.
PCA has been undertaking a review of the Standards for Providing Quality Palliative Care for all Australians. For information on the review see:
Key Reference Documents
- A guide to palliative care service development – a population based approach
- Standards for providing quality palliative care for all Australians
- Palliative Care Service Provision in Australia – a planning guide
- Communique 2014 Paper