Evaluation of the Rural Palliative Care Program
Under the National Palliative Care Strategy (NPCS) the Australian Divisions of General Practice was funded to trial eight projects in a range of rural and remote settings implementing the Rural Palliative Care (RPC) model, based on an earlier CHSD evaluation of a Griffith-based (GAPS) model. The role of the CHSD was to evaluate each of the projects and the Program as a whole, using the evaluation framework and tool kit shared with the Caring Communities Program evaluation.
The three year evaluation of the Rural Palliative Care Program (RPCP) was completed in 2007 with both local evaluation project reports and a consolidated report drawing out the lessons from the program and recommending how a national approach could be expanded to the range of other rural areas.
Quinsey K, Masso M, Fildes D, Siminski P, Grootemaat P, Matete S and Eagar K (2007) Providing Palliative Care in Rural Australia: results of a national program evaluation. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.
Quinsey K, Owen A, Masso M, Fildes D and Eagar K (2007) Lessons from the National Evaluation of the Rural Palliative Care Program: a synthesis of the findings and recommended next steps. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.
Grootemaat P, Quinsey K and Owen A (2008) Rural Palliative Care Program National Evaluation Project: Patient and Carer Experiences. National Health Outcomes Conference Wollongong, Australia: Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.
Project team: Karen Quinsey, Malcolm Masso, Dave Fildes, Peter Siminski, Pam Grootemaat, Sheila Matete, Alan Owen, Kathy Eagar