Who we are
The North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium (the Consortium) is one of eight regional palliative care consortia funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The Consortium is an alliance of services providing palliative care for people living in the north and west metropolitan region of Melbourne, Australia. Consortium members include community palliative care services, public hospital palliative care services, Bolton Clarke (formerly RDNS) and primary health networks.
The Consortium’s Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC) is a peer support network for clinicians in the region. The CAC provides a forum for information exchange between clinicians and opportunities for input to regional and statewide professional development and service improvement initiatives, including the activities of the Palliative Care Clinical Network (PCCN) run by Safer Care Victoria.
- Promotes collaborative approaches to quality improvement in end of life and palliative care;
- Works to optimise the community’s access to high quality end of life and palliative care support;
- Assists DHHS to implement the Victorian Government’s end of life and palliative care framework and other policies and programs to support people with a life limiting illness and their carers, families, friends and communities.
The goals of the framework are:
- People experience optimal end of life care.
- People’s pain and symptoms are managed using quality interventions.
- People’s preferences and values are recognised and respected in their end of life care.
- Better support for carers.
- People are cared for in their place of choice.
- Where possible, people can choose to die in their place of choice.
The Consortium’s workplan is aligned with the strategic priorities of the end of life and palliative care framework:
- Services are person-centred.
- Engaging communities and embracing diversity.
- Services are coordinated and integrated.
- End of life and palliative care is everyone’s responsibility.
- Specialist palliative care is strengthened.
The Consortium has a staff team with an office base at Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care in Fitzroy North
The Consortium is currently running a project:
- Improving access to after hours palliative care and support for people living in residential aged care facilities. More information.
The eight palliative care consortia funded by DHHS are:
- Eastern Metropolitan Regional Palliative Care Consortium
- North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium
- Southern Metropolitan Regional Palliative Care Consortium
Regional and rural Victoria
- Barwon South Western Region Palliative Care Consortium
- Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consortium
- Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium
- Hume Region Palliative Care Consortium
- Loddon Mallee Regional Palliative Care Consortium
The Consortium is governed by the Consortium Management Group. The Management Group includes eight ‘voting’ member organisations, and one other in a non-voting capacity.
Consortium organisational members and representatives on the Management Group are:
- Austin Health
- Banksia Palliative Care Service
- Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care
- Melbourne Health and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute operating together as the Parkville Integrated Palliative Care Service of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
- Mercy Health (including Mercy Palliative Care and Werribee Mercy Hospital)
- Northern Health https://www.nh.org.au
- Western Health
The Consortium also supports the operation of a regional Clinical Advisory Committee, a peer support network for clinicians in the region.
- Kathleen Menzies Consortium Manager
- Kathleen Menzies Project Manager
- Michelle Warner Administration/ Project Officer
About our region
The north and west metropolitan region of Melbourne (NW Metro) covers fourteen local government areas (LGAs) with three community palliative care sub-regions.
The western part of the region includes the LGAs of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham. This is the community palliative care catchment area for Mercy Palliative Care.
The northern/central part of the region includes the LGAs of Yarra, Darebin, Moreland, Hume. This is the community palliative care catchment area for Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care.
The north-eastern part of the region includes the LGAs of Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea. This is the community palliative care catchment area for Banksia Palliative Care Service.
Key demographics of the north west metropolitan region of Melbourne include:
- Measured by population, the north west metropolitan region of Melbourne is around one third (33.1%) of the population of Victoria.
- The region is expected to grow by over half a million people (521,478) in the ten years to 2026.
- The ageing population of the region (people aged 70 years or older) is expected to increase by more than half (50.6%) in the ten years to 2026.
- The population of the region includes around one quarter (24.8%) of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
- The region is culturally diverse, with three out of every ten residents of the region (29.8%) being born in a non-English speaking country.
- In 2015, there were 10,143 deaths of residents in the region, around one quarter (25.4%) of all deaths in Victoria (39,904).