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Roundtables reveal palliative care needs

The NSW Government has today published reports revealing communities’ palliative care priorities, which will help shape improvements to services across the state.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health Leslie Williams said the NSW Government had listened to communities’ views on palliative care services at nine regional roundtables across NSW and will be asking the public to provide further feedback in a discussion paper.

“The roundtables have revealed what your community thinks should be done to improve palliative care services in your area,” Mrs Williams said.

“Priorities put forward include the need for flexible care, ensuring sufficient local staff are trained and available and making palliative care services more integrated.

“We encourage people to read the reports on the roundtable discussions and then provide feedback on a discussion paper, which will be made available next month.

“The NSW Government committed a record $100 million over the next four years in the 2017-18 Budget to enhance palliative care and up-skill regional and rural health staff. We will use the feedback from the roundtables and upcoming discussion paper to further improve palliative care services.”

The regional roundtables, hosted by Mrs Williams and local MPs, were held in Lismore, Orange, Kempsey, Broken Hill, Tamworth, Newcastle, Griffith, Queanbeyan and Kiama, following a metro roundtable at NSW Parliament House in May. 

Hundreds of medical personnel, advocates, community organisations and people with personal experience in palliative care joined the roundtables to help shape new directions in palliative care for regional NSW.

“We now have a deeper understanding of what is working well, what needs improvement and potential local solutions,” Mrs Williams said. 

More than half of all deaths in Australia occur in hospitals, though many people indicate, at various stages of their lives, that they would prefer to die at home. About 50,000 people die each year in NSW, and this is expected to double by 2056.

The reports can be viewed at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/palliativecare/Pages/Palliative-Care-Roundtables-2017.aspx

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