Submission to the Productivity Commission: Reforms to Human Services Inquiry Draft Report
BCNA has made a submission to the Productivity Commission draft report outlining proposed reforms to human services in Australia. BCNA’s submission focuses on the following areas identified for reform in the Productivity Commission report:
- Improving access to end-of-life care services and the option to die at home
- Improving access to public hospitals and patient choice
- Improving services in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
BCNA supports the proposed reforms. We have also recommended the Productivity Commission additionally consider:
- A nationally consistent approach to palliative care, including better resourcing to enable early, as-needed access to palliative care services for people with a terminal illness, not just at the end of life
- More support within community palliative care services for carers and family members of people nearing the end of their lives
- Facilitation of an advance care planning scheme within the primary care setting for people diagnosed with a terminal illness
- Inclusion of elective (planned) admissions to public hospitals as part of proposed reforms to enable better patient choice and access
- Providing more support for women from remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to return to country after treatment and when receiving end of life care.
- The Australian Government must hold state and territory governments to account to ensure an improved and nationally consistent Patient Assisted Travel system.