A Liberal Nationals Government will provide an additional $140 million to deliver world class community palliative care in Victoria, says Opposition Leader Matthew Guy.
This will be the largest investment of its kind in Australia.
In 2015/16, funding for community palliative care provided support for 16,777 Victorians. This increase in funding announced by the Liberal Nationals on Sunday will help provide palliative care support for up to another 8,000 Victorians.
Research indicates that around 70% of Victorians want to live their final days at home surrounded by family, friends and memories. Research also shows that barely a third of Victorians get to realise this 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 palliative care will continue to grow. Only a Liberal Nationals Government will make the necessary investment to deliver timely and comprehensive community palliative care for those who want it.
This commitment will see:
A Liberal Nationals Government will ensure Victorians who are dying have a genuine choice to spend their final days at home and will also support their families and carers throughout this time.
Comments attributable to Opposition Leader Matthew Guy:
“This assistance will hopefully make a very distressing time less distressing for patients and their families and other loved ones.
“Being home and surrounded by loved ones and precious memories can make a huge difference to patients and families and we want to make sure more people have that choice if they want it.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge:
“We are expanding community palliative care because we know more staff and services are needed so that terminally ill patients and their families can get the support they need to live and die well.
“Additional funding is especially important for those from rural and regional Victoria, many of whom can’t currently access palliative care and so often don’t have the choice to die at home.”
 Based on 2016/17 funding for Community Palliative Care Services and Consultancy Services
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