Palliative Care Australia, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Ageing, recently released the National Standards Assessment Program [NASP], a guideline designed to boost the level of care provided by palliative care institutions.

According to an article in the Sydney Star Observer, the standards are welcomed by providiers and families, but all are aware that this was only the first step.  The standards are guidelines only, the test will be to see if they are used by service providers.