Thousands of families with loved ones who suffer from a life-limiting illness will receive more choice about the help they need from an additional 100 palliative care nurses at refurbished facilities.
Nationals Candidate for Orange, Kate Hazelton said that $45 million palliative care investment has been made possible by strong economic management.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure patients and their loved ones have access to the best quality palliative care at the best possible care facilities,” she said. The investment is on top of a $100 million package for palliative care that was announced as part of the 2017-18 Budget, which is already delivering more palliative care nurses and community-based palliative care services.
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.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro said 64 of the 100 palliative care nurses would be assigned to regional and rural NSW. Hospitals in the Western NSW local health district will be assigned six nurses.
The commitment also includes $10 million for improvements to existing palliative care facilities across the State.