Palliative care appalling – expert

Palliative care in regional NSW at 1960s standards, expert tells ABC News


One of Australia’s first specialist palliative care doctors has accused New South Wales health authorities of dropping the ball when it comes to end of life care.

Yvonne McMaster said regional areas are faring the worst, with standards of care she has not seen since the 1960s.

And it is not just small country towns that are struggling to keep up with demand.

For The ABC’s full report go to ABC’s report: Palliative care in regional NSW at 1960s standards.

Mitch Williams (below) has painful memories of caring for his dying mother in regional Australia.

And from us here at Good Grief, the Public Health Research and Practice has recently shared the paper ‘Improving palliative and end-of-life care for rural and remote Australians’ by Sarah Wenham, Melissa Cumming and Emily Saurman, which highlights an inconsistent palliative care provision across Australia and particularly in regional and rural areas.

Find out more about Dr McMaster’s ‘push for palliative’ to improve palliative care, particularly in regional Australia.

Lastly Sandra Moon wrote about Crucial End of Life Conversations as her own father’s health declined in regional NSW.


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