Enhancing end-of-life care: Newcastle’s innovative pilot program

The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) is initiating a novel pilot program aimed at enhancing end-of-life care coordination for individuals diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses.

This initiative, responding to findings from the PHN’s Palliative Care Needs Assessment, seeks to facilitate access to necessary healthcare for those preferring to receive care at home rather than in hospitals.

BaptistCare, a service provider in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, and Western Australia, has been chosen through a competitive tender process to implement the program in the Newcastle Local Government Area.

Their role includes offering personalised support to patients and families navigating the final stages of life, focusing on various aspects of palliative care such as emotional, cultural, physical, and practical needs.

The program targets individuals aged 65 and over 55 for First Nations people diagnosed with non-malignant life-limiting illnesses, with limited community support, and expected to live their last twelve months.

Currently, in the establishment phase, the program is set to commence operations in April 2024, with a focus on developing referral pathways to ensure effective service delivery.


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