$5 Million Palliative Care Boost to Support More Victorians to Die At Home
“All Victorians deserve access to the best possible end-of-life care which relieves pain and suffering and supports families and carers in their last days.” Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health
A new $5 million fund for community palliative care agencies to provide at home palliative care will support more Victorians with a terminal illness to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice.
The new fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 for equipment and information technology that allows nurses and other direct care staff to provide care in people’s homes.
This funding and additional support will ensure more Victorians with terminal illnesses can spend their last days at home with their family, friends and loved ones.
The fund is part of a suite of reforms the Andrews Labor Government is undertaking to ensure every Victorian can die with dignity.
These reforms include:
- A new End-of-Life and Palliative Care Framework supported by $7.2 million in funding to increase the options for people dying at home
- Protecting advance care directives in legislation for the first time in Victoria
- Introducing legislation into the Parliament later this year to legalise voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill people in Victoria
Community palliative care agencies play an essential role in supporting people with terminal illnesses who wish to die at home, and in 2015/16 they provided care and support to nearly 17,000 Victorians.
Providers can apply for equipment such as a car to enable a rural community palliative care service to get to more home visits, computer technology to enable home visit staff to write up their notes while away from the office, or equipment such as syringe drivers or hospital-grade beds to loan to families caring for loved ones at home.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to talk about their end-of-life care
New resources have been launched by the Hon Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Health, which aim to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people discuss their end-of-life care wishes with their families and health care teams. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dying to Talk resources were developed in partnership by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM). CATSINaM CEO Janine Mohamed says these resources will help health care workers open conversations around end-of-life care in a culturally safe way.
“The end of someone’s life is a very special time in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. To ensure people have the care they want, in the place they want, it is important to be able to plan and discuss their wishes,” Mrs Mohamed said.
“For example, returning to country at the end of life and having a traditional burial are often important for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Being able to discuss these wishes with family and their health care team means they are more likely to have the best death possible.”
Find the resources at Dying to Talk
National Palliative Care Week
National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia.
The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’.
National Palliative Care Week is a national week supported by the Department of Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.
Here more information about the Palliative Care Program