Joint Media Release
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
Assistant Minister for Health
Senator for New South Wales
Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Senate
Michael McCormack MP
The Nationals Federal Member for Riverina
27 May 2015
Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, announced today that a local consortium from Wagga Wagga was successful in securing funding of $3.3 million through the National Palliative Care Projects.
“Charles Sturt University and Integratedliving Australia have been successful in receiving funding for the Listen, Acknowledge, Respond project,” Minister Nash said.
“The Australian Government funds national palliative care projects that focus on education, training, quality improvement and advance care planning.
“The Listen, Acknowledge, Respond project, which will be delivered in conjunction with the Amaranth Foundation, aims to improve patient palliative care by identifying and building the capability of allied health, social and other health care workers to support end of life care needs for people with life limiting illness.”
Minister Nash said the Australian Government is committed to implementing initiatives which improve access to high quality palliative care for all Australians as they require it.
While the provision of palliative care services is a responsibility of state and territory governments, the Australian Government provides financial assistance for state and territory governments to meet their health and community service responsibilities.
In 2014, the Australian Government approved funding up to $52 million for national palliative care projects over a three year period.
The Federal Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, joined Minister in welcoming the announcement.
“I’m very pleased that the locality of these activities, and its collaborative approach which includes the Amaranth Foundation, will ensure the needs of rural and remote communities are considered,” Mr McCormack said.
Minister Nash said she was pleased to be able to make the announcement during National Palliative Care Week.
“The aim of National Palliative Care Week is to engage the broader community in talking about and thinking about palliative care. The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is “Dying to talk; talking about dying won’t kill you”,” Minister Nash said.
“Palliative care will impact all people at some point in our lives and while it is a difficult conversation to have with loved ones, it’s a necessary one.
“I congratulate Charles Sturt University and Integratedliving Australia on their funding success and for their important work into palliative care,” she said.
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