In November 2017, the Victorian Government asked an expert panel to review palliative care services across Victoria to help identify any service gaps and growing demand.
As a result of that review an extra $23.4 million has been provided to increase palliative care beds and access to home-based palliative care so that more people can choose to be cared for, and die, at home.
The extra funding will see Peter McCallum Cancer Centre get a new $5 million palliative care unit for integrated palliative care services between Peter McCallum and Melbourne Health, and infrastructure upgrades for community-based palliative care services.
And $3.5 million will deliver more palliative care beds in metropolitan Melbourne.
This extra funding also means more people with a terminal illness will be cared for, and die, at home if that’s their choice. It will also improve palliative care services for people living in rural residential aged care facilities.
This is in addition to the $62 million provided in 2017 for expanding rural and regional home-based and consultancy palliative care services, establishing a state-wide end of life care advice line and care navigators to support people accessing voluntary assisted dying.
We‘re supporting quality and compassionate end-of-life and palliative care that relieves pain and suffering, and ensuring more people with terminal illnesses who want to die at home, can.
The report on the Palliative care funding model review is on the Health.vic website.