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Palliative care
More people are wanting to die with dignity at home, and on country, rather than in hospital.

NQPHN has a range of initiatives aimed at improving the coordination of palliative care and building community capacity to provide wrap around informal supports and increase their knowledge, skills, and involvement around the social dimensions of dying, death, and bereavement. 

Innovative activities for 2023 are:

Compassionate Communities are a core part of public health approaches to palliative care, end of life care, and bereavement. It is a whole-of-community approach to improving the end-of-life experience for people by mobilising local networks, groups, and services to be more conscious, aware, and equipped to offer support.

It is impossible to have hospices built in every suburb, so building Compassionate Communities works to mobilise the community to do their bit for the frail and elderly who live alone, for people with life limiting illnesses, and for people who are grieving.

We want these vulnerable groups to know they are not alone. They are part of our communities and we have the responsibility to support them.


In early 2023, NQPHN put a call out for community members and groups to get involved with the movement as health community connectors to offer support to older persons in the region.

The workshops help to develop an understanding of people’s care journeys and collecting data to help with the future planning and design of palliative care services, which will enable more choice for at-home care.

Future workshops are planned for Hughenden, Charters Towers, Townsville, and Burdekin later in the year - individuals and groups who want to be part of the Compassionate Communities movement as health community connectors are encouraged to attend.

05 May 2023

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