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Record funding for palliative care

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September 13, 2017

The majority of Victorians want to live their final days at home surrounded by family, friends, and pleasant memories.

The majority of Victorians want to live their final days at home surrounded by family, friends, and pleasant memories.

The Liberal-Nationals are committed to ensuring that wish is respected. That’s why a Liberal-Nationals government would provide $140 million — the largest investment of its kind in Australia — to ensure terminally ill patients, and their families, can get the support they need as they approach the end of their lives.

Our commitment will ensure up to 8000 additional patients have access to palliative care. Our package will double specialist palliative care services to community palliative care clients, especially in rural and regional Victoria.

It also includes a 50 per cent increase in funding for community palliative care provided in the home, including overnight care, in-home respite and carer support. Research shows around 70 per cent of us would prefer to spend our final days at home.

But without a Liberal-Nationals government, barely a third of Victorians will get to realise that wish because there will continue to be inadequate funding for community-based palliative care.

— Peter Walsh, Leader of The Nationals

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