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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/04/2004   
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Contents >> Community Services >> Palliative care services

Palliative care is specialised transitional health care provided to people of all ages as they progress through different stages of their illness towards death.

Palliative Care Services, within the Department of Health and Human Services, provides interdisciplinary care, consultancy, support and advice to people living with a life threatening illness and to their families through specialist inpatient and community outreach services. Care and support may be provided directly to individuals and families, or collaboratively with primary providers through education, consultancy and information.

Further information about palliative care services is available from the Department of Health and Human Services web site, http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/palliativecare/index.html

In 2002-03, 4,063 clients accessed community outreach services in Tasmania. The average length of stay for inpatients in 2002-03 was 10.9 days.


PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES - Tasmania - 2002-03
Number

Community activity
Clients accessing services
4,063
Client contact hours
Direct(a)
1,219
Indirect(b)
1,079

Inpatient
Average length of stay (days)
10.9
Separations
335

(a) Contacts made to the out of hours service by the client or carer.
(b) Contacts made to the out of hours service by a third party which could be related to the client or seeking advice.

Source: Department of Health and Human Services.


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