Palliative Care Week 2018: What Matters Most?

Following a significant Australian Government Budget boost to extend palliative care services, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt is urging all Australians to support National Palliative Care Week, by asking the question: What matters most?

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22 May 2018

Following a significant Turnbull Government Budget boost to extend palliative care services, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt is urging all Australians to support National Palliative Care Week, by asking the question: What matters most?

Minister Wyatt also released a new video today featuring prominent Australians promoting palliative care and the “What matters most?” theme of Palliative Care Week 2018.

“It leads all of us to reflect on what would be most important to us if we became seriously unwell,” Minister Wyatt said.

“We should all be asking this question and having conversations about it with our loved ones.”

Minister Wyatt said the Turnbull Government was prioritising palliative care, with a $32.8 million investment in the 2018-19 Budget in the Better Quality of Care Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care initiative to extend choice for older Australians.

”This measure aims to provide high-quality palliative care within residential aged care facilities so people have the option to pass away peacefully in their place of residence,” Minister Wyatt said.

“It is about giving people choice, with support right up until then including improved care coordination and better clinical governance.

“In collaboration with State and Territory governments, it is crucial that we deliver the best possible palliative care for older Australians.”

The video includes messages from former Wallabies captain Mark Ella, comedian Jean Kitson, chef Kylie Kwong, Commonwealth Games champion and palliative care nurse Carla Krizani, and intensive care specialist Ken Hilman.

Minister Wyatt said the Government had provided Palliative Care Australia - the peak national organisation for palliative care and end-of-life issues - with $5.5 million under the National Palliative Care project grants scheme, to support its policy development, consultations, awareness raising activities and work to produce national care standards.

“Just as we are calling on individual Australians this week to ask themselves what matters most, equally we are committed to planning nationally, to provide crucial palliative care support for people in their time of greatest need,” said Minister Wyatt.

To watch the palliative care video, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrl6zcrwczI

For additional information on palliative care go to the Palliative Care Australia website.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.

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