Presented by: Andrea Grindrod, Bruce Rumbold
A fundamental issue in forming compassionate communities is to develop capacity for end of life care in agencies, organisations and informal networks that are not involved explicitly in healthcare. This has also been identified as a priority by the Victorian State Government in Victoria’s end of life and palliative care framework, adopted late in 2016. As part of the implementation of this framework, the La Trobe University Palliative Care Unit has been funded by the state government to incorporate end of life care into local government policy, planning and practice. Based on a Compassionate Communities approach, this three-year project (2017 – 2020) will provide resources and build organisational capability in local councils throughout Victoria to facilitate their development of community capacity in end of life care. The project has been designed, and will be carried out, in partnership with the state’s local government peak body, the Municipal Association of Victoria.
This presentation will share the project rationale, design, strategies for sustainable implementation that are currently emerging, the evaluation strategies being put in place, and the evidence we hope to produce. Successful implementation will see end of life care embedded in the next iteration of the Municipal Public Health Plans mandated for each local government authority. The project has the potential to be rolled out through all other states in Australia, and should also offer possibilities for collaboration with international projects aimed at developing community-based end of life care initiatives.