Six Victorian organisations will share in $5.5 million so they can continue to support terminally ill people to be cared for and die at home, close to family and loved ones.

Part of the first round of the government’s $10 million End-of-Life Ancillary Service Grants, the funding will enable these services to help Victorians die at home, by ‘bridging’ the gap between funded health and community services, and grassroots support from family, friends and community.

“We’re supporting quality and compassionate end-of-life and palliative care that relieves pain and suffering, and gives more people the support they need to die in their place of choice,” she said.

The services will use the funds to complement palliative care services, by providing respite and carer support, help with transport or assistance for daily activities such as preparing meals, household maintenance and trips to the shops and other outings.

The six organisations to receive funding are:

  • Anam Care Geelong
  • Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria
  • Little Dreamers Australia
  • Peace of Mind Foundation
  • Warrnambool and District Community Hospice, and
  • Shannon’s Bridge.

More funding available

Applications for the second-round of funding are now open. These grants will be targeted at organisations servicing rural areas, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and people without carers who want to stay at home for as long as possible.

More information 

See the Health.vic web page $10 million end of life ancillary service grants - 2018 second round

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