$3.2M Boost for Palliative and Geriatric Care at Calvary
The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, has visited Calvary Hospital which has benefited from $3.2 million to boost services.
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9 September 2009
The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, today visited Calvary Hospital which has benefited from $3.2 million to boost services – $1.276 million for psychogeriatric care and $1.955 million over four years to boost palliative care services at the Hospital.
The funding is part of the Rudd Government’s $500 million investment in subacute care - announced as part of last year’s historic $64 billion COAG agreement.
This investment builds on the $1.92 million provided to Calvary Hospital to construct a new operating theatre, opened by Minister Roxon earlier this year, and funded under the Rudd Government’s $600 million Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan.
Mental Health ACT will use the psychogeriatric funding to enhance services within the Older Persons Mental Health Service - providing additional preventative services, education, support and collaborative management planning.
The funding for palliative care will be used by the Capital Region Cancer Service (CRCS) to integrate palliative care services through the employment of a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, a psychologist, nurses and clinical supervisors.
Targeting key pressure points in our health system, such as sub acute care and elective surgery waiting lists are priorities for the Rudd Government.
The Rudd Government is taking concrete steps to improve Australia's health and hospital system after twelve years of neglect by the previous Liberal Government.
Minister Roxon’s visit to Calvary is the first ACT consultation and the 17th across the country to road-test the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission's proposed reforms.
The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission report made recommendations for system-wide changes to Australian health care.
The Health Minister outlined the Commission’s recommendations, and met with local health professionals to discuss their priorities to improve health services around the country.
The Government also wants to hear from the community about their views of the health system.
All Australians are now invited to join the national debate on our health system via the www.yourhealth.gov.au website – and full copies of the reports can be found there.
For all media inquiries, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220.
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