Melbourne Ranks as Top City in Palliative Care

Melbourne, Australia is now at the top of the rankings of providing financial assistance to dying patients. Studies have shown that about 80 percent of end-of-life patients have been cared for through assistance.

The same study shows that there is strong reason why Melbourne’s National Health Service’s is one of the top in the whole world. Part of the reason is the integration of palliative care. This makes the city one of the best places to die.

The move of including a sound palliative care into the NHS requires full engagement and commitment of the community to help people through trying moments in their lives. This is very important for Melbourne citizens because it belongs in the second tier of people who need this kind of care. The number one spot is occupied by North Americans, Asians, and Europeans. The whole of Australia occupies the second spot and this makes palliative care Melbourne important. New Zealand, Ireland and Belgium occupy the next three spots.

Studies have shown that the high number of workers who concentrate on palliative care is what makes Melbourne a good place for this. This is born out of Melbourne’s important past of giving the best palliative care to their patients and their loved ones. The other important indication that gives Melbourne an advantage is the actual palliative care plan they implement. This means that the city is one of the best places to die because the patients and their loved ones will be taken cared of.

The United States of America occupies the ninth position in the world. Number six in the ranking is Taiwan which is the highest placed among Asian countries. The population of India and China are probable reasons why they did not fare well in this ranking. They occupy the 67th and 71st position. But since both are populous countries, it is important that they implement effective palliative care plans in their health systems. This will be a big benefit to the citizens of China since they apply the one-child rule for every family. That one child will grow up to take care of two parents and four grandparents. This probability will have the Chinese seeking for more support.

Some of the poorer countries in the world are ranked fairly high in the list. Mongolia and Panama surprisingly occupy number 28 and 31 of the list. This despite the fact that they have less dependable healthcare systems. One Mongolian doctor is credited for the good palliative care performance in the country.

The city of Melbourne in Australia occupies the top post in the list. But, unfortunately, it still cannot provide enough palliative services for everyone. This fact was brought about by an investigation jointly done by the healthcare ombudsman and the government. The resulting studies showed that their palliative care needs more control of symptoms, development of communication and planning, positive results regarding the care of the dying patient, more hours to cater to off-hours patients’ needs, and more focus on the implementation and diagnosis of treatments. The report is a step forward to improving palliative services.

The people behind the study give due credit to certain organizations centred on charity that provide inspirational talks that lead dying patients to open up about their situation and prepare their loved ones for it.

This comes in handy since the population is getting old by the day. However, there are still long ways to go in this field of healthcare. The reason for this is that there are not enough funds coming in for palliative care research.