Hunter New England Health set for palliative care boost

HUNTER New England Health will be one of nine rural and regional areas provided with a palliative care specialist position as part of a $3.06 million funding increase. 

The new windfall comes under the NSW government’s wider $100 million palliative care investment over the next four years. 

Speaking at Dubbo Base Hospital, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Leslie Williams said it was a significant boost for those in need. 

“The NSW 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,” she said.

Spending on palliative care services currently totals $210 million per year and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant praised the government’s increased investment.

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

A further $795,000 has been committed in the 2017-18 Budget to funding two rural relief positions to support specialists and GP’s working in palliative care, and Expression of Interests will be sought to identify the Local Health District or Specialty Networks to host the positions.