Nationals in Government to provide 100 extra palliative care nurses for NSW.

The Nationals in Government will invest $51 million to hire an additional 100 palliative care nurses, refurbish palliative care facilities across the State and invest in innovative digital health solutions to support families, especially in regional and remote areas.

The additional 100 palliative care nurses will work in hospitals, palliative care facilities, and in communities and homes to ensure patients can access the care they need, in the setting they choose. We will recruit 64 of these extra nurses in regional and rural areas, part of a record 2500 nursing and midwifery workforce boost in regional NSW.

We will invest $10 million over two years to improve palliative care facilities. Whether this is establishing new facilities or refurbishing existing facilities, we will help create a home-away-from-home environment for patients, their families and carers.

The Nationals in Government will also increase access to new technology in digital health.

The interactive technology is the new frontier in palliative care, linking people in regional, rural and remote NSW with access to the best care and specialists.

The Nationals in Government will also increase the number of full-time equivalent palliative care Aboriginal Health Workers from nine to 18, so that every district and network in NSW has a full-time position.

This commitment builds on our 2017 record investment of an additional $100 million for palliative care, on top of our $210 million annual spend.

This investment is possible due to the strong economic management of the Nationals in Government.

Australia’s growing and ageing population has seen unprecedented demand for palliative care services with demand expected to double by 2056.

The Nationals are committed to ensuring people who are suffering a life-limiting illness, and their families, have the choices, support and care they need no matter where they live in NSW.

The Nationals in Government will:

  • Recruit 100 additional palliative care nurses for NSW who will support patients in hospital and those being cared for at home.
  • Recruit 64 of these nurses in regional and rural communities.
  • Refurbish existing palliative care facilities across the State.
  • Double Aboriginal Health Workers in palliative care from 9 to 18 full time positions.
  • Deliver innovative digital health solutions to further assist rural and remote patients and their families with specialist palliative care.