The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently released the first in a planned series of annual reports providing a detailed picture of the national response to the palliative care needs of Australians. Details from a range of data sources for 2009-10, and where available 2010-11, are presented, as are changes over time. There were almost 56,000 palliative care separations reported in public and private hospitals in 2009-10. Almost $3 million in Medicare Benefits Schedule payments was paid for palliative medicine specialist services in 2010-11.
Read more and download the reposrt at the AIHW website.
AIHW 2012. Palliative care services in Australia. Cat. no. HWI 120. Canberra: AIHW.