Palliative care

Develop knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver quality end-of-life care and embed a palliative approach to care

Palliative care - couple on beach

Palliative care is recognised as a fundamental part of healthcare that needs to be incorporated into routine practice and doesn’t only apply to people in terminal care. It is about allowing anyone with a life-limiting illness the right to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. 

The Caring Circle

The caring circle. Greater choices for at home palliative care

Murray PHN’s The Caring Circle project aims to improve the health and end-of-life care journey of people in rural and remote Victoria living with a life-limiting illness (non-cancer), through embedding early advance care planning discussions and integrated patient-centred strategies. The Caring Circle project is funded by the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care’s Greater Choices for at Home Palliative Care measure.
Death remains a taboo topic and is surrounded by fear, denial and removed or sterilised from discussion on a daily basis. Australians are living longer due to advances in medical technology but are dying at their least preferred places – most at hospitals (54%) or residential care (32%), with only few (14%) dying comfortably at home.

Project focus

Linked with health needs addressed in the Murray Health Report – Healthy ageing in our region, The Caring Circle project focuses on a series of strategies between FY2021-2025, aimed to:

  • promote community education and awareness to increase the importance of planning ahead and having people’s end-of-life wishes respected and documented
  • enhance early identification of people living with life-limiting illnesses accessing general practice services
  • engage early advance care planning discussions and care planning in the community
  • expand professional development opportunities for health providers to improve system capacity
  • identify existing care enablers for holistic care planning for patients.


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Last Update: May 20th, 2024