Regional end-of-life care spend welcome but Andrews Government must still deliver equitable access (Victoria)

Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) CEO Suzanne Greenwood today welcomed Health Minister Jill Hennessy’s announcement that the government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will for the first time be expanded to include publically funded community palliative care services.

“With the Andrews Government committed to introducing its Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bill in Parliament this year, it is timely that palliative care services in regional and rural Victoria will see some much-needed additional funding,” said CHA’s CEO, Suzanne Greenwood. 

“Whilst promising that the Andrews Government has gone some way to acknowledging how under-resourced Victoria’s palliative care sector is, it’s CHA’s concern that it is far too little to ensure every Victorian in need will have practicable access to high-quality palliative care, this year or the next.”

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