Approaching death and dying: A forum to discuss palliative care

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Approaching death and dying: A forum to discuss palliative care




Future Health Leaders in partnership with Palliative Care Queensland and Queensland Health’s Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education held a discussion forum, 'Approaching death and dying: Asking the tough questions about the future of palliative care', on Friday 18 October 2013 at Iceworks Restaurant, in Brisbane. The evening dinner event was facilitated by co-chair Daniel Mahony, who hosted 40 delegates from a mixture of health disciplines. The aim of the forum was to discuss the challenges we face as health professionals with the looming tsunami of an aging population requiring palliative care and finding real solutions to these issues. 

The aging Australian population means we are about to face the largest generation of people who will require palliative care.  We will have less money to do this. We will have less trained staff to deliver this care. How can we continue to provide the same level of care in this situation?  These are the real challenges facing palliative care in the future and we need to develop strategies to be able to provide the best care for our patients.


Professor Janet Hardy (Director of Palliative and Supportive Care, Mater Health Services, Brisbane)
Elise O’Dell (Clinical Nurse, Palliative Care, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital)

The event was kindly supported by Health Workforce Australia, and was run with the assistance of Palliative Care Queensland and Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. The full outcomes from the forum can be viewed here