Primary Care responses to End of Life Care – What can PHN’s do?

Kate Tye, Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network & Dr Stephen Ginsborg, GP, Board member of Sydney North Primary Health Network.

In 2017 Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network undertook a mapping and systems approach to identify the service gaps in End of Life Care across the region.  The purpose of the work was to inform and contribute to a model that could be applied across primary care to improve care for people at end of life.  The findings of this work identified poor death literacy in the region impacting on end of life care planning occurring reactively rather than planned and provider capacity to meet the needs of the number of people at end of life.   This session will discuss the outcomes of the report and the PHN response for the Nepean Blue Mountains region to address poor death literacy across primary; acute and community and attendees will be engaged in a rich discussion on the role of PHN’s in doing grassroots community development.