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Activity 11: Palliative Care Australia's Standards

Palliative Care Australia has standards that describe the dimensions and elements of quality of care for all Australians.

They provide an important framework for all health care professionals involved in caring for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. [1]

These standards are based on values and principles of dignity, empowerment, compassion, equity, respect, advocacy, excellence and accountability.

They define standards for health care professionals in generalist or primary care settings and for specialist care. The standards are, therefore, relevant for all health care professionals, not just specialist palliative care services.

Achieving quality palliative care requires access to and use of current evidence. CareSearch is a comprehensive online resource that brings together evidence-based and quality information for many groups within the palliative care community, including students. [2]

Thinking points


1. Palliative Care Australia. (2005). Standards for Providing Quality Palliative Care for all Australians. Retrieved September 15, 2010, from

2. CareSearch. (2011). Caresearch Home Page. Retrieved November 28, 2011, from