An examination of palliative care provision for patient groups experiencing vulnerability

Illicit Drug Users

Homelessness

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders

Prisoners 

Rationale

Palliative and end of life care services are widely established throughout Australia, however access to such services remains inconsistent and variable, particularly for patient groups experiencing vulnerability, including those patients experiencing: incarceration; illicit drug use; homelessness; mental health illness; and/or those who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. This program of work focuses on exploring the provision of palliative and end of life care these patient groups with life limiting illness, to improve understanding of current care and identify opportunities for improvements in current and future service delivery for patient groups experiencing vulnerability.

 

Key Aims (s)

For all patient groups experiencing vulnerability

  • Explore the experiences and perspectives of health professionals regarding the provision of palliative and end of life care for hospitalised patient groups experiencing vulnerability

  • Examine hospital and palliative care utilisation during the last 3-months of life for hospitalised patient groups experiencing vulnerability
     

Patients experiencing INCARCERATION

  • Map the current prisons, prison health care services, and the palliative and end of life care service provision for Australian prisoners

  • Explore experiences and perspectives of health care staff working within the Victorian prison setting regarding the provision of end of life care for dying prisoners
     

Patients who use ILLICIT DRUGS

  • Map medication use at the end of life for people who use illicit drugs

  • Explore perceptions and experiences of hospital care and symptom management for people with cancer who use drugs

 

Patients who identify as ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER

  • Identify barriers to accessing health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients with advanced cancer

 

Patients experiencing HOMELESSNESS

  • Map the existing mobilised palliative care services for homeless people nationally and internationally and scope local palliative and end of life care needs for homeless people within metropolitan Melbourne

 

Potential impact

Key contact

Stacey Panozzo (stacey.panozzo@svha.org.au)

 

Funding

Inclusive Health Innovation Fund, St Vincent’s Health Australia; Western and Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service