As a result of advances in public health and the development of lifesaving medical technology, Australians live longer than ever.
Unfortunately, the care received near the end of life often does not reflect a person’s values, goals, and informed preferences.
Although the majority of Australians say they would prefer to die at home, most people currently die in a hospital and often an intensive care unit (ICU). People frequently endure unwanted aggressive treatment and suffer from inadequate management of symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath.
Additionally, the end of life is often characterised by fragmented care; poor communication between doctors, patients, and families; and enormous strains on caregivers and support systems.
We have a vision to improve the quality and experience of care for all Australians at the end of life.
The principal aim of this quality improvement program is to explore and understand the attitudes of the Australian population towards death, dying and end of life care.
There are 24 questions. The survey will take you approximately 10 minutes (15 tops!). Your feedback will help shape how end of life care is supported and funded in Australia.
Thank you in advance for your input.
This quality improvement program is an initiative of the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR).
ACHR is an independent, not-for-profit public policy research institute addressing challenges in performance, policy and productivity across health, disability and ageing sectors.