Evaluation of the Caring Communities Program
This program was an initiative by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing designed to improve the quality of palliative care in the community by assisting families, carers and health service providers to give better support to people who are dying.
Tenders were invited in October 2002 for funding of between $50,000 and approximately $200,000 for those organisations with an interest in improving the quality of palliative care in the community. This opportunity stimulated a lot of interest from various organisations and approximately 270 submissions were received nationally. Thirty-seven projects were funded, totalling around $4.7 million over 4 years.
These 37 projects address several 'themes' associated with palliative care, including:
- Improving community awareness of palliative care;
- Supporting dying people and their families;
- Increasing awareness of palliative care as an integral part of the health care system;
- Delivering education to support professionals providing palliative care services;
- Creating effective partnerships between palliative care providers, other health service providers and health systems, to coordinate care for dying people.
The two final evaluation reports for the Caring Communities Program are available to download:
- Quinsey K, Williams K, Fildes D, Masso M, Senior K, Yeatman H and Eagar K (2006) Caring Communities: evaluation of a national palliative care program. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong
- Williams K, Quinsey K, Fildes D, Senior K and Masso M (2006) Caring Communities: a description of the 37 projects of a national palliative care program. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong