Increase government funding for palliative care in Victoria
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Palliative care supports people with a serious illness and their families to live, die and grieve well. It’s about quality of life and quality of death. It’s about having choices.
Right now there is a shortage of palliative care services and palliative care doctors in Victoria. Not everyone can get palliative care when and where they need it.
We are asking the Victorian Government to provide an extra $65 million a year to improve access to palliative care services across Victoria.
Palliative care is helpful for people of all ages who have a serious illness that cannot be cured. It can be provided at home, in aged care facilities and in hospitals. Specially trained staff provide expert help with pain and other symptoms. They also provide help with emotional and spiritual needs. They focus on what matters most to the ill person and provide support to their family.
Without palliative care, people may experience more pain and stress. They may not be able to receive care or to die where they want to be. Their families may not receive the support they need.
Because Victoria’s population is growing and ageing, the shortage of palliative care services will get worse without more funding.
Please support our call to the Victorian Government for an extra $65 million a year to improve access to palliative care. Palliative care should be available to all Victorians, when and where it is needed.
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