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Catholic Health welcomes palliative care education initiative


Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has described Minister for Ageing, Kevin Andrews' palliative care education initiative announced yesterday as 'a good start'.

The $500,000 initiative which formed part of the Coalition's budget commitment, will help staff in aged care facilities meet the growing demands in the delivery of palliative care services. It also involves simplifying a classification structure that is currently unwieldy.

However CHA's CEO Francis Sullivan said that while this move might help rationalise aged care funding systems, CHA continues its call for "an urgent injection of additional funds to ensure the care needs, but particularly palliative care, of Australia's most frail residents are met in a timely and dignified manner".

CHA is continuing to lobby for further initiatives including improved access to palliative care services for terminally ill children, and funding for specialist palliative care services for the provision of in-reach services in residential aged care and acute care.

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Catholic Health Australia
Department of Health and Ageing | Palliative care boost for aged care homes (media release)

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Catholic Health Australia


21 Aug 2002