Regional Palliative Care Specialists To Receive $3 Million In Funding

Regional Palliative Care Specialists To Receive $3 Million In Funding

New South Wales Minister for Health Brad Hazzard

$3 Million For Regional Palliative Care Specialists

Victor P Taffa

9 rural and regional areas in New South Wales will soon have new palliative care specialists as part of a $3.06 Million investment to improve the care and choices for patients.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Parliamentary Secretary for Health Leslie Williams said a palliative care specialist position will be funded in the following Local Health Districts:

  • Central Coast
  • Far West,
  • Hunter New England,
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven,
  • Mid North Coast,
  • Murrumbidgee,
  • Northern New South Wales,
  • Southern New South Wales,
  • Western New South Wales.

Funding is part of the New South Wales Government’s biggest ever palliative care investment of $100 Million over the next 4 years, including $17.4 Million in 2017-18 on top of the approximately $210 Million spent on these services each year.

Mrs. Williams made the announcement today at Dubbo Base Hospital in Dubbo.

“New South Wales Government is committed to investing in palliative care right across the health system so that patients have real choices in the care they receive at the end of their life.” Mrs. Williams said.

2017-18 Budget also committed $795,000 for 2 rural palliative care relief positions to support specialists and GP’s in hospital and in the community. An Expression of Interest will be undertaken to identify the Local Health District/Specialty Networks to host the 2 relief positions.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said this investment will better support palliative care staff, which is at the heart of delivering compassionate care.

“This investment in the rural and regional palliative care workforce demonstrates our firm commitment to do all we can to support patients, as well as their families, at this most difficult time.” Minister Grant said.

Minister Hazzard said the New South Wales Government is delivering on a record Budget commitment to provide better and more access to excellent palliative care services.

“Providing first-class palliative care in every part of the state is a key priority for the New South Wales Liberals & Nationals Government and this record investment will significantly strengthen the palliative care workforce, particularly in regional and rural areas.” Minister Hazzard said.