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Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Commitment to Palliative Care
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A Liberal-Nationals Government will provide an additional $140 million to deliver world class community palliative care in Victoria.

Liberal Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood today said the announcement was the largest investment of its kind in Australia and that with an ageing population the investment was critical.

‘Research indicates that around 70% of Victorians want to live out their final days at home surrounded by family, friends and memories,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘Research also shows that barely a third of Victorians are able to realise that final wish due to inadequate funding for community based palliative care services.

‘With an ageing population and increasing rates of complex chronic illness, demand for these palliative care services will continue to grow.

‘Only a Liberal-Nationals Government will make the necessary investment and deliver timely and comprehensive community palliative care for those who want it.

‘This commitment of $140 million is especially important to those from regional Victoria, many of whom can’t currently access palliative care and so often do not have the choice to spend their final days in their own home.

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2017
Aug
24
Labors Ideological Power Strategy Failing Victorian Businesses
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07
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May
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10
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2016
Nov
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11
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03
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Sep
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Aug
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19
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May
30
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26
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04
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Apr
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10
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08
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Feb
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25
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12
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11
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04
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Jan
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19
Men's Sheds 2016 Grants Program Opens
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18
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2015
Dec
11
Call for Fair Funding from Andrews Gov
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said the Andrews Government needs to explain why it ...”
Nov
19
Blackwood Backs CFA Volunteers
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Oct
22
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21
Cattle Underpass Program Funding Forgotten
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16
Local Shooting Club Receives Funding
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13
Kinder Funding Welcomed - More Needed
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01
Spirit of ANZAC Prize Now Open
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Sep
30
Grants for Defibrillators Now Open
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25
Disability Grants Open
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08
Blackwood Congratulates Crime Prevention Project
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Aug
21
Kinder Funding Support Needed for Small Regional Communities
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17
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10
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06
Business to Count the Cost of Public Holiday Mistake
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05
Blackwood Calls for Support to Help Melt Ice Addiction
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Jul
31
Grants for Sporting Facilities Now Open
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24
Andrews Government Holiday Plan to Cost Victoria $1 Billion
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21
Nominations for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women Open
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Jun
25
Blackwood Highlights Budget Shortfalls for Narracan
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament this week to ...”
02
Petition Calls for Commitment on Additional Police
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May
28
Blackwood Calls on Labor to Back West Gipps Hospitals Future
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has called on the Andrews Labor Government to publically back ...”
27
Local Clubs Receive Funding Boost
“ Many sports and active recreation clubs across Narracan will benefit from funding as part of ...”
15
Big Increase in Fire Services Levy
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05
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Apr
29
Petition calls for Better Gippsland Rail Service
“ Members of the Victorian Coalition have today launched a petition calling on the Andrews Government ...”
15
Matthew Guy Statement on EWLink
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01
Labor Fails to Deliver Vital School Funding
“ Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government have abandoned Baw Baw Shire and Latrobe City families ...”
Mar
30
Warragul Underpass Opens
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has welcomed the opening of the final stage of the ...”
18
Labor's Back to Work Plan Falls Short
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back ...”
Feb
16
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“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP addressed members of Parliament last week urging the Minister ...”
13
Labors Back to Work Plan Farce
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back ...”
06
Local Clubs Receive Grants
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2014
Nov
26
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Coalition to Boost Warragul Ambulance Services
“ A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will further expand ambulance resources at Warragul, Member for Narracan ...”
24
Labor Risk Warragul Hospitals Future
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$2.5m Maternity Boost for Warragul Hospital
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18
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17
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13
$3m Neerim District Secondary College Upgrade Commitment
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09
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07
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05
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Jun
16
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