Palliative Care Research Program
An unprecedented $2.25 million grant from The Hospital Research Foundation Group will help pioneer a five-year study to improve access to end-of-life services for vulnerable community groups. The study will seek to promote death literacy as part of a broader project to improve access to end-of-life services for many vulnerable South Australians. Due to limitations in some communities surrounding geography, education, economics, and accessibility, palliative care is not currently equally available to all South Australians.
“Everyone deserves access to quality palliative care regardless of where they live.”
The project, officially launched in October 2022, is being led by Associate Professor Jaklin Eliott from the University of Adelaide who says, speaking honestly and openly about death is an important, but often underestimated part, of palliative care. In an SA first, palliative care researchers from the University of Adelaide will collaborate with the University of South Australia, Flinders University, and various local health networks and peak advocacy organisations to help bridge the gap for palliative care. In consultation with patients and families, communities, and not-for-profit organisations, and with clinicians and policymakers, A/Professor Eliot explains:
“We will identify and develop resources to address what is needed to support under-served South Australians to access end-of-life care that is preferred by and meaningful to patients and their carers.”