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Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care

A palliative care patient receives care

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) receives Commonwealth funding to deliver the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care (GCfAHPC) measure.

Many people facing the end of life wish to be cared for and die at home. This initiative boosts palliative care coordination and integration to support people who have a known life-limiting condition, by improving choice and quality of care and support in the home.

Its goals are to:

  • improve access to the best palliative care at home
  • support palliative care services in primary health and community care
  • make sure people get the right care, at the right time and in the right place to reduce unnecessary hospital visits
  • generate and use data to improve services
  • use technology to provide flexible and responsive care, including after-hours care.

Building on the insight developed through the GCfAHPC pilot funding in 2018, NWMPHN is implementing the activities to realise the objectives of the program. These include:

  • building primary care workforce capability
  • improving integration and coordination between primary care and palliative care providers
  • promoting end-of-life options to the community.

Expected outcomes

The program aims to:

  • improve capacity and responsiveness of services to meet local needs and priorities
  • improve coordination of care for patients across health care providers and integration of palliative care services in their region
  • improve patient access to quality palliative care services in the home.

This page will be updated with details on outcomes as its various activities are evaluated.

Precious Time

Precious Time is our website for people at the end of life and their carers, family and friends. It provides expert advice on how to talk about dying, how to live fully supported and with dignity, how to sort out legal and financial issues, and many other issues. It also features a lively blog, and a searchable database containing more than 400 organisations and businesses that provide useful services.

It was developed in consultation with our community, including a panel of 27 people who came together in 2018 to explore the topic “What does dying well look like and how can we help people achieve this?”.