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released: 19 Oct 2012 author: AIHW media release

Palliative care services in Australia is the first in a planned series of annual reports providing a detailed picture of the national response to the palliative care needs of Australians. Details from a range of data sources for 2009-10, and where available 2010-11, are presented, as are changes over time. There were almost 56,000 palliative care separations reported in public and private hospitals in 2009-10. Almost $3 million in Medicare Benefits Schedule payments was paid for palliative medicine specialist services in 2010-11.

ISBN 978-1-74249-360-2; Cat. no. HWI 120; 146pp.; $25

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Purpose of this report
      • What are palliative care services?
      • Data on palliative care services
      • Structure and scope of this report
    • 2 Admitted patient palliative care
      • Introduction
      • Admitted patient palliative care in 2009-10
      • A profile of palliative care separations in 2009-10
      • Characteristics of admitted palliative care patients
      • What was the diagnosis?
      • Change over time in the amount of activity
      • Palliative care and deaths in hospital
    • 3 Palliative care in general practice
      • Introduction
      • Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health survey data
      • Palliative care-related encounters
    • 4 Services provided by palliative medicine specialists
      • Introduction
      • Characteristics of patients receiving palliative medicine specialist services
      • Types of MBS-subsidised palliative medicine specialist services
    • 5 Palliative care in residential aged care
      • Data source
      • Characteristics of palliative care residential aged care residents
      • Length of stay
    • 6 Palliative care-specific medications
      • Introduction
      • Characteristics of patients receiving palliative care-related prescriptions
      • Types of palliative care-related prescriptions and prescribing clinicians
    • 7 Resourcing of palliative care services
      • Introduction
      • Palliative care funding
      • Hospice units in public hospitals
      • Workforce
    • 8 Palliative Care Outcomes
      • Introduction
      • The PCOC Data set
      • Patient characteristics
      • Episode length
      • Palliative care phases
      • Palliative care outcome measures and benchmarks
  • End matter
    • Supplementary tables
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Identifying palliative care separations
      • Appendix B: Data sources
        • Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health survey
        • Medical Labour Force Survey
        • National Hospital Morbidity Database
        • National Public Hospital Establishments Database
        • Nursing and midwifery labour force survey
        • Population data
        • Mortality data
        • Medicare Benefits Schedule data
      • Appendix C: Technical notes
        • Population rates
        • Age-specific rates
        • Age-standardised rates
        • Average annual rates of change
        • Descriptive analyses
        • Disease-related information
        • Information relating to cancer
        • Patient day statistics
        • Quality of Indigenous status data
      • Appendix D: Classifications
        • Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Areas
        • Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD) and the Index of
        • Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD)
        • International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

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  1. (12 Sep 2013) Numbers updated in Table 8.6 on p79.
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AIHW 2012. Palliative care services in Australia 2012. Cat. no. HWI 120. Canberra: AIHW.

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