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Victorian Coalition to Deliver Record Funding Boost for Palliative Care

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.

This commitment will see (1);

 

  • A doubling of specialist palliative care medical and nursing services to community palliative care clients, especially in rural and regional Victoria.
  • A 50% funding increase in community palliative care provided in the home and including overnight care, in home respite and carer support and enhanced linkages to after-hours support such as GPs and pharmacists.
  • Significant education and workforce development to recruit and train skilled palliative care workers to deliver expanded services, enhance health professionals capacity to have end-of-life conversations and support volunteers.
  • A community awareness and engagement campaign to assist Victorians to understand the availability and benefits of palliative care including underrepresented groups such as rural and regional Victorians, children, non-cancer related illnesses, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Indigenous Victorians.
  • Establishment of an End-of-Life Ministerial Council, with representation from palliative care and broader health sectors as well as patients and carers, to ensure palliative care is integrated with broader health services and flexibly and effectively meeting the needs of terminally ill Victorians and their families.

 

‘The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition are committed to better health funding for our community and this commitment, together with our plan to build a new West Gippsland Hospital between Drouin and Warragul will mean Narracan residents will have the health services they deserve,’ Mr Blackwood said.

 

[1] Based on 2016/17 funding for Community Palliative Care Services and Consultancy Services

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2017
Aug
21
Victorian Coalition to Deliver Record Funding Boost for Palliative Care
“ A Liberal-Nationals Government will provide an additional $140 million to deliver world class community palliative ...”
11
Calls for State Government to Save Local Sites for Future Community Use
“ Gary Blackwood, Member for Narracan, has called on the Andrews Labor Government to support both ...”
Jun
07
Call for Government to Cease Engagement with MyEnvironment
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week used Parliamentary debate to call on Premier ...”
May
19
Matthew Guy - CFA Comments 19 May 2017
“ Daniel Andrews ripping apart the CFA   This attempt by Daniel Andrews to rip apart the CFA ...”
Apr
30
More Detail Needed on Gippsland Rail Announcement
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said details of todays announcement of $435 million in ...”
10
Bus Service Upgrade Welcomed but Concern at Lack of Consultation
“ Member for Narracan has welcomed the recent announcement of new town bus services for Drouin ...”
Mar
17
Data Shows Crime Up Significantly Under Andrews & Labor
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has said crime data released this week proves Daniel Andrews ...”
10
Funding needed to upgrade fencing at Thorpdale Primary School
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Victorian Government to provide funding to ...”
Feb
24
Leadbeaters Possum Management Plan Review Needed
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Minister for Environment and Climate Change ...”
10
Liberal National Coalition Commit to New Hospital for West Gippsland
“ The Liberal Nationals support a new West Gippsland Hospital on the greenfields site at the ...”
09
Liberal National Coalition Backs CFA Volunteers
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Nov
11
Blackwood calls on residents to name the worst roads as Gippsland misses out again
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Sep
09
Southwick Visit Helps Highlight Gippsland as Innovation Manufacturing and Production Hub
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has this week hosted Shadow Minister for Innovation and Resources ...”
01
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Aug
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