The Andrews Labor Government’s last minute palliative care announcement falls well short of matching the Liberal Nationals $140 million commitment and fails to deliver the additional palliative care support Victorians need.
All organisations that provide palliative care in Victoria know more funding is required but Daniel Andrews’ announcement is clearly not enough to meet the current funding gaps, as well as failing to expand community based services in metropolitan Melbourne.
Daniel Andrews’ funding for home based palliative care is less than a quarter of the Liberal Nationals commitment and won’t provide families and people with a terminal illness the support, the care and respite they desperately need.
The additional funding also fails invest in education and workforce development or community awareness to ensure all Victorians understand and know how to access palliative care support.
Research indicates that around 70% of Victorians want to live their final days at home surrounded by family, friends and memories, but barely a third of Victorians get to realise this final wish due to inadequate funding for community based palliative care services.
Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge:
“Daniel Andrews’ palliative care announcement fails to ensure that Victorians who are dying have a genuine choice to spend their final days at home.”