Memorandums of Understanding between Palliative Care Tasmania a number of Tasmanian organisations have recently been signed to help implement the Tasmanian Palliative Care Community Charter.

The Charter communicates what care and support community members want and need during their palliative care journey and how the service system may be able to respond to those needs.

The Charter was developed as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Better Access to Palliative Care program and is based on the Compassionate Communities Framework.

Signatories to this Charter agree to implement and commit to a principled approach to quality palliative care across the Tasmanian community.

The Tasmanian Palliative Care Community Charter is founded upon ten principles:

  • Relief from pain and other causes of distress
  • Respect, dignity and person-centred care
  • Good communication
  • Coordinated care
  • Choice and control over the place of care and place of death
  • Fair access to care
  • Support for people who are important to the person receiving care
  • Help with planning end-of-life care
  • Support for the unique needs of children, young people and their families
  • Support for Aboriginal people in Tasmania.

Palliative Care Tasmania is the lead organisation and will support signatories to promote the charter through the development of interactive sessions, training sessions and events.

Click here for more information on the Charter or email Dr Christine Materia, Manager – Tasmanian Palliative Care Community Charter to sign up now.