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.
The NSW Government is committed to increasing people's access to palliative care across NSW and giving people with a life limiting illness greater choice about where they receive care at the end of their life.
The NSW Government Plan to increase access to palliative care 2012-2016 outlines the following key strategic objectives:
- expanded 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
- expanded support for families and carers
- extended the capacity of palliative care services in NSW.
As part of implementation of the plan, the NSW Government has provided $35 million in additional funds over four years, from 2012 to 2016, to improve access to care and support for people who are dying, their families and their carers.
The $35 million has been used for the implementation of the following initiatives that meet the key strategic objectives of the plan:
- Last-Days-of-Life Home Support Services
- Enhancements to the Paediatric Palliative Care Programme
- Statewide Palliative Care After Hours Helpline
- Statewide palliative care volunteers service
In a further election commitment, $32 million was made available for community-based palliative care which includes $20 million to continue the Last-Days-of-Life Home Support Service and $12 million over four years for the palliative care Flexible Funding Pool. The Flexible Funding Pool will fund local intiatives addressing palliative care gaps to meet local needs.
Further information about the key initiatives and achievements linked to the plan are available:
For information on other palliative care services in NSW, visit Palliative Care NSW.