Palliative Care Funding Needs a Boost

“Palliative care is critical to ensuring that people with terminal illness and their carers are able to access adequate supports, including care at home and counselling, when facing a life threatening illness,” said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.

“Most people would prefer to die at home yet only 10 per cent of people are able to do so, with 50 per cent dying in hospital.

“Many rural areas have no palliative care services available so people are either travelling long distances or not receiving assistance.

“Less than 20 per cent of nursing home residents receive palliative care when required.

“While the $35 million over four years that has been committed is a good start, it is not nearly enough to ensure that all NSW residents with terminal illness are able to access the supports they require.

“CPSA calls for all NSW MPs to lend their support for an increase in funds for palliative care at the debate in NSW Parliament this afternoon,” said Ms Christie.

Media Contact: Amelia Christie, Senior Policy Advisor
0410 612 182

CPSA represents pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. CPSA has 139 Branches and Affiliated Organisations, with a combined membership of over 29,000 people.