Palliative care is a key priority for the NSW Government. Whether it’s helping people with life-limiting conditions to maximise their quality of life or ensuring comfort at the end of life, palliative care is an essential component of modern health care services.
While NSW already has good palliative care services in both the public and private sectors, an individual’s preference to be cared for and to die at home can be difficult to accommodate.
This is set to change, with the NSW Government Plan to increase access to palliative care 2012-2016
well under way to give palliative patients the opportunity to choose their services and decide where and how they will be cared for at the end of their lives. The Plan aims to achieve this through developing
new models of care, fostering partnerships and establishing linkages across services and sectors to develop an integrated network of primary care, specialist palliative care, aged care and community services.
The key strategic objectives of the Plan are:
- Expanding community-based palliative care services, especially in rural areas and for special needs populations
- Integrating primary care, aged care and specialist palliative care services across the state
- Expanding support for families and carers
- Extending the capacity of palliative care services in NSW.
To accelerate the implementation of the Plan, the NSW Government has provided $35 million in additional funds over four years, from 2012 to 2016. With the funding, a series of statewide services is being introduced to supplement existing Local Health District resources and increase the possibility of more palliative care patients receiving the types of services they choose.
Most of the Plan’s actions have been completed or are in progress.
For information on other palliative care services in NSW, visit Palliative Care NSW.