Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced that Tamworth will be home to one of the nine new palliative care specialists across regional NSW as part of a $3.06 million investment to improve the care and choices for patients.
The funding is part of the NSW Government’s biggest ever palliative care investment of $100 million over the next four years, including $17.4 million in 2017-18 – on top of the approximately $210 million spent on these services each year.
“Our community has fought hard for this position which builds on our incredible palliative care services offered from our world class hospital,” Mr Anderson said.
“Between the North West Cancer Centre and the Nioka Ward we are able to boast some of the best facilities around, so adding this new Palliative Care Specialist is the perfect fit and will make a world of difference to those who need it most.
“This position will better support our existing palliative care staff who are at the heart of delivering compassionate care.
“This announcement reaffirms this Government’s commitment to supporting patients, as well as their families, at this most difficult time.”
The 2017-18 Budget also committed $795,000 for two rural palliative care relief positions to support specialists and GPs in hospital and in the community. An Expression of Interest will be undertaken to identify the Local Health District/Specialty Networks to host the two relief positions.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government is delivering on a record Budget commitment to provide better and more access to excellent palliative care services.
“Providing first-class palliative care in every part of the state is a key priority for the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government and this record investment will significantly strengthen the palliative care workforce, particularly in regional and rural areas.