Better Access to Palliative Care Project

As part of the Tasmanian Health Assistance Package (THAP) the Australian Government funded the Better Access to Palliative Care (BAPC) project over 4 years, to strengthen palliative care services in Tasmania.

The objective of the BAPC project is:

To increase Tasmania's capacity to provide access to community based palliative care for people with life limiting illness, nearing the end of their life.

Funding Arrangements

Under BAPC the majority of funds were distributed to community based organisations, via a competitive tendering process. Namely:

  • The District Nurses for the provision of wrap around packages of palliative care in the home (hospice@HOME); and
  • Tasmanian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (TAHPC) for infrastructure support services such as community development, volunteer and carer training, health promotion, and professional development.
  • Funding has also been provided to the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) for enhancement to the Specialist Palliative Care Services and to establish & implement a policy framework & strategies to ensure ongoing sustainability of enhanced community based palliative care services in Tasmania.

BAPC Program Partners

Since the commencement of the BAPC program in Tasmania in July 2013 much work has been undertaken by the three BAPC project partners: Department of Health and Human Services (in collaboration with and the Tasmanian Health Organisations (THO) South, North and North West); Tasmanian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (TAHPC); and The District Nurses - hospice@HOME.

Together, significant progress has been made in the design and planning of new services, enhancement of existing services and the further development of the palliative care sector across Tasmania including:

  • the establish of the hospice@HOME service by The District Nurses;
  • the delivery of a range of community development activities, education and professional development sessions by TAHPC;
  • enhancements to the THO North West, THO North & THO South Specialist Palliative Care Service ,including funding to employ an additional 17.09 fulltime equivalent employees (FTE) across the state and;
  • for DHHS to enhance support for existing service models and strategic directions in the state through the development and implementation of a Tasmanian Palliative Care Policy Framework.

DHHS Better Access to Palliative Care Action Plan

There are four action areas in the DHHS, Better Access to Palliative Care Action Plan:

  1. Tasmanian Palliative Care Policy Framework – Develop and implement a Strategy for Co-ordination and Collaboration;
  2. Strengthening the networks and linkages between palliative care providers (primary and specialist);
  3. Enhancing palliative care system (public private, primary, secondary, tertiary); and
  4. Enhancing the capacity of specialist palliative care teams.

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