Deeble Institute Workshop: End of Life Care

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Venue: Rydges on Swanston, 701 Swanston Street
Date: 13 April 2016 9:00am to 13 April 2016 02:00pm

The discussion about End of Life care is gaining momentum in Australia. To further this discussion the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research brought together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and consumers for a discussion that will lead to the development of an Policy Issues Brief.

This workshop built on the seminar held by the Deeble Institute in Sydney last November. International Perspectives on End of Life Care examined the results of the International Hospitals Federation survey which provided a perspective on end of life care in University hospitals and compared practices across continents. The following discussion centered on how to identify the dying patient, advanced care directives and how we can redevelop hospital practices so that those at end of life receive appropriate treatment. This seminar resulted in a statement on End of Life care that identified principles and markers of success for good care.

The Deeble Institute is now building on this work to answer the question: how should the health system respond to the growing evidence that many Australians want to spend the last part of their lives at home, but can't.

The speakers were:

  • Prof Hal Swerissen - Visiting Fellow, Grattan Institute
    View this presentation
  • Liz Callaghan - Chief Executive Officer, Palliative Care Australia
  • Prof Nicholas Graves - Faculty of Health, QUT
  • Prof Ken Hillman - South Western Sydney Clinical Scool, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Ranjana Srivastava - Medical Oncologist and Author, Monash Health
    Columnist for The Guardian

An issues brief exploring the ideas and issues raised in this workshop will be released shortly.