Specialist Palliative Care in Aged Care Project

Improving access to specialist palliative care for Queenslanders living in residential aged care

Under the Australian Government’s Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care Measure, funding has been allocated by the Australian and Queensland Governments to provide new and innovative approaches and expansion of existing models to improve palliative and end-of-life care coordination.

Clinical Excellence Queensland is leading the implementation of the Specialist Palliative Care in Aged Care (SPACE) Project. Each Hospital and Health Service has been supported to develop a model of service delivery that is appropriate for local context, considering factors such as resourcing and geography, to improve equitable access to specialist palliative care in residential aged care. Each model must align with a number of core service principles. A key aim of the project is to increase the capacity and capability of general practice and aged care staff to deliver end-of-life care.

This four year project concludes in June 2024.

More older Australians are dying in residential aged care. While most end-of-life care in aged care is provided by generalist healthcare workers, specialist palliative care teams support people with life-limiting illnesses and complex care needs by providing direct care and supporting other healthcare workers to deliver care. Research has found specialist palliative involvement in residential aged care leads to benefits such as improved symptom management, increased advance care planning, reduced hospital admissions, and an increased number of in-facility deaths.

Hospital and Health Service Email Phone
Cairns and Hinterland cns_pallcare@health.qld.gov.au 07 4043 3100
Central Queensland CQSPACE@health.qld.gov.au 07 4920 6211
Central West cw-palliativecare@health.qld.gov.au 07 4650 4082 / 0439 137 162
Darling Downs SPACEDarlingDowns@health.qld.gov.au 0437 150 604 / 0436 465 254
Gold Coast GCHHS_SPACE@health.qld.gov.au 0476 824 877
Mackay MHHS-SPACE@health.qld.gov.au TBA
Metro North MetroNorthSpace@health.qld.gov.au 1300 072 327
Metro South mspcsracf@health.qld.gov.au 1800 772 722
North West TBA TBA
South West Anna.Ferrier@health.qld.gov.au 0429 664 631
Sunshine Coast SC-SPACE@health.qld.gov.au 07 5436 8800
Townsville THHS-SPACE@health.qld.gov.au 07 4433 7573
Torres and Cape Lynda.mason@health.qld.gov.au 0448 619 431
West Moreton WMSPACE@health.qld.gov.au 0438 664 115
Wide Bay Bundaberg: WBHHS-Bundaberg-RaSS@health.qld.gov.au
Fraser Coast: WBHHS-FraserCoast-RaSS@health.qld.gov.au


Contact us

To find out more about the statewide project, contact the Central Project Team at SPACE@health.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 8 September 2021