GP Consultation – End of Life and Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care Forum

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) and The WA Department of Health (WA Health) held a GP consultation event on primary care in WA Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) on Wednesday 20 October 2021 at the University Club of Western Australia.

The aim of the forum was to bring together Perth Metropolitan based General Practitioners to consider primary care in the RACF setting and how future projects funded through the Australian Government funded National Partnership Agreement (End Of Life & Palliative Care) can best support General Practitioners to meet the EOL & PC needs of RACF residents and their families.

Forum participation offered an opportunity for General Practitioners to discuss and directly inform:

  • The prioritisation of the remaining National Partnership Agreement (EOL&PC) funds (approximately $4 million) by the WA Department of Health for initiatives that support General Practitioners to deliver palliative care that meets the needs of residents within Residential Aged Care and their families.
  • Current implementation barriers, enablers and opportunities identified by the General Practitioners’ experience providing palliative care in Residential Aged Care.
  • Models that build relationships and access to information for General Practitioners delivering palliative care in RACFs through formal networks, advisory panels or communities of practice.
  • Opportunities for General Practitioners to work in partnership with WAPHA to explore how to best support General Practitioners to provide quality primary healthcare to people who are living in Residential Aged Care Facilities.

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