Palliative care

Brisbane South PHN are currently participating in the Department of Health funded Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care measure (GCfAHPC). The pilot measure aims to:

  • enable the right care, at the right time and in the right place to reduce unnecessary hospitalisations;
  • generate and use data to ensure continuous improvement of services across sectors; and
  • utilise available technologies to provide flexible and responsive care, including care after usual business hours.

To ensure the objectives of the GCfAHPC measure have been met, Brisbane South PHN will work in partnership with the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative to pilot a Practice Nurse Model of care driven by a palliative approach including three key clinical processes:

  • Advance care planning,
  • Medical goals and care planning based on patient preferences and,
  • Use of an end-of-life (terminal) care pathways.

This approach will increase the palliative care capacity in primary care as well as strengthen links to community and specialist care, to improve the quality and continuum of care across the health system.

The palliative care practice nurse model will seek to:

  • Recruit 6 General Practices within in the Brisbane South region (currently utilising the practice nurse function in their practices) to participate in the Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care Measure project July 1 2019 – June 30th 2020.
  • Provide a Clinical Nurse Consultant through the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative to work with these clinics across a 12-month period to uplift their capacity to provide greater choice in quality, culturally appropriate care
  • Collect relevant data for evaluation and Departmental reporting purposes
  • Provide an opportunity for other interested practices within the region to participate in the Palliative Care Friendly widening participation initiative

This approach will ensure embedding of evidence-based practice in routine clinical care to support high quality end-of-life care for patients and their families.

Capacity Building Activities and Education events focused on broadening the Palliative Care approach will also be offered to health professionals across the coming year.

For more information on the GCfAHPC measure please visit the Department of Health website here.

For information on how you can get involved in the Palliative care friendly initiative, events or activities or to register your interest in the Palliative care practice nurse project please contact our Palliative Care project team on: (07) 3864 7555