Abstract: There are limited respite services for palliative care patients and their families in the Northern Territory (NT). The high prevalence of complex chronic diseases, limited access to primary care services, and the poor living situations of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians result in high hospitalisation rates and pressure on tertiary health services. Palliative Care NT identified a need for a flexible, community based, culturally appropriate respite service in Alice Springs. It was of particular interest to assess the impact of the respite service on the extent to which hospital resources were accessed by this population of patients.
Carey, Timothy A., Arundell, Mick, Schouten, Kellie, Humphreys, John S., Miegel, Fred, Murphy, Simon, Wakerman, John, 2017, Reducing hospital admissions in remote Australia through the establishment of a palliative and chronic disease respite facility, Volume:16, Journal Article, viewed 03 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=11057.