Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP today hosted a palliative care consultative workshop in Gosford.
In attendance were executives from the Central Coast Local Health District and representatives from Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network, Yerin Aboriginal Health Services, Cancer Council NSW, residential aged care facilities, general practitioners and members of the community.
There were two workshops during the sessions, the first on feedback on findings from roundtable meetings and the second on input into local priorities and actions under agreed themes.
“Today’s workshop spanned the themes identified in the roundtable meetings held across NSW earlier this year” Mr MacDonald said.
“The roundtables enabled the community and people working in palliative care services to discuss what is working well and what could be done better”.
Input from today will inform the development of a policy framework for palliative and end of life care in NSW. The NSW Ministry of Health will soon release a paper to consult with the community on priorities for palliative care.
“One of the Government’s top priorities is to provide better end of life care and more tailored community-based palliative care services for our patients” Mr Crouch said.
“The NSW Government has committed a record $100 million over the next four years towards improving palliative care services across NSW”.