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Have we under invested in Palliative Care?

The World Health Assembly called on member states (Australia included) to ensure good access to palliative care, but the reality of palliative care provision falls short of that aspiration.  Are bottlenecks, distorted incentives and inefficiency created by finding mechanisms? 

Join us on May 1st at the UniSA West City Campus, Hawke Centre and hear from Professor Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute, author of Aligning policy objectives and payment design in palliative care.   

Funding arrangements for palliative care are not optimal. People miss out on needed care, and the health system doesn’t function as well as it should because people end up in intensive care when they would have preferred to be looked after at home.

If palliative care is to become a universally accessible service, new approaches to funding, based on the experience of funding reforms in other parts of the health system, need to be adopted. Payment models for palliative care should move toward activity-based funding using an agreed classification, be uncapped funding with performance monitoring, and make explicit use of performance metrics and reporting.

Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals, to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Date: 1st May 2019
Venue: Bradley Forum, L5, The Hawke Centre, UniSA West City Campus
Presenter:  Professor Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute
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