There are a number of environmental, policy and governance factors that will support successful implementation of the Blueprint. Consideration of these Enablers as part of planning for implementation can improve the success of improvement efforts. The following enablers have been identified as factors that would contribute to successful implementation.


Terminology used within the Blueprint is clearly articulated and understood

In order to achieve a shared understanding of terms, we all need to be diligent about defining the way we are using the words and avoid using euphemisms.


There is local ownership and engagement

This Blueprint is designed to be used as a resource for local development and implementation. This requires localised leadership and participation in the development of services.


Local needs and assets are recognised

There is no single model of care for people approaching and reaching the end of their lives. Planning arrangements need to take advantage of local needs as well as assets within the community. Building on the skills of local residents, organisations and networks can lead to stronger and more sustainable program.


Collaborative governance arrangements are fostered

Providing care to people approaching and reaching the end of their lives across all care settings firstly requires a commitment to work better together. It requires a mix of stakeholders (often extending beyond health services) to take a shared responsibility in developing an integrated system of care.


There is access to specialist palliative care knowledge and expertise

Specialist palliative care services are an essential component of a high quality and safe system of care for people who are approaching and reaching the end of their life. These services can be leveraged on to guide, build capacity and drive integration within local communities.


There is access to education, practice training and ongoing professional development

Education on the provision of care to people as they approach and reach the end of their lives is essential for all health professionals. This includes:

  • Undergraduate and post graduate students;
  • New health professionals;
  • Medical specialists in other fields;
  • Primary care providers; and
  • Specialist palliative care providers.

Re-engagement of health professionals across all care settings occurs

All health professionals need to better understand the essential and unique contributions they can make. Providing care to people approaching and reaching the end of their life, their families and carers is everybody’s business.