Policy Directions

Policy Directions

The Australian government's National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 confirms the policy directions of the original 2010 strategy with its focus on reducing palliative care-related hospitalisations for both economic and quality of life reasons. [1] It also aligns with the 67th World Health Assembly resolution 67.19 (158kb pdf) announced in 2014, calling on nations to strengthen palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course. In forming the Australian national policy six guiding principles have been defined to guide efforts towards achieving seven goals.

Guiding principles:

  • Palliative care is person-centred care
  • Death is a part of life
  • Carers are valued and receive the care they need
  • Care is accessible
  • Everyone has a role to play in palliative care
  • Care is high quality and evidence-based.


  • Understanding
  • Capability
  • Access and choice
  • Collaboration
  • Investment
  • Data and evidence
  • Accountability.

View the Policy Timeline to access additional documents relevant to policy in palliative care and aged care.

Page created 12 June 2019


  1. Australian Government Department of Health. National Palliative Care Strategy 2018. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health; 2018 Dec.