The Andrews Labor Government is giving Echuca Regional Health, Goulburn Valley Health and Numurkah District Health Service a boost to assist them in their care of local patients nearing the end of their lives.
Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria today announced two grants to support palliative care in Northern Victoria, ensuring regional patients enjoy the best possible quality of life.
In Echuca, $201,600 will support Echuca Regional Health to improve coordination and integration between local providers. The outcome will be that patients get more seamless, integrated and responsive palliative care services.
Goulburn Valley Health will establish a specialist palliative care clinic and fast-tracked hospital-to-home model of care ensuring patients get early referral to palliative care and can be discharged home earlier when appropriate.
Namurkah District Health Service will expand access to allied health practitioners with advanced practice and knowledge of palliative care, creating a multidisciplinary palliative care team.
Across the state, the Labor Government is investing $9 million towards the palliative care infrastructure and innovation grants to improve access to palliative care.
The grants will help our palliative services in the critical role they play; helping patients and their families get excellent palliative care, whether at home, in hospital or in other settings.
This includes supporting providers across the state to expand and bolster their services with initiatives such as a new acute palliative care model in the home, implementing telehealth, a fast-tracked hospital-to-home model of care, or establishing a specialist palliative care clinic.
$3.4 million is going towards infrastructure projects such as buildings works or equipment upgrades. The Government is also investing $5.7 million to back hospital and community-based palliative care services to develop new and innovative models of care.
Palliative care is crucial in ensuring patients nearing the end of their lives receive the best possible care within their local community.
That’s why the Labor Government has boosted hospital and community-based palliative care with $72 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Echuca Regional Health, Goulburn Valley Health and Namurkah District Health Service play a pivotal role in making sure patients at the end of their lives are cared for in the manner they deserve.”
“We’re helping palliative care services with this important work by giving them the support they need to grow and to offer patients the very best care.”