A roundtable on palliative care will be held in Newcastle in early June, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, announced today.
“There has been interest from the community in having a roundtable in Newcastle to address the Hunter’s needs and solutions for pressing end-of -life care,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The Hunter New England Health District has already organised a roundtable in Tamworth, and NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has backed representations from myself, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams and Hunter MPs for a roundtable to be held in Newcastle as well.”
Mrs Williams, a former palliative care nurse herself, said around 50,000 people die each year in NSW but this figure is expected to double by 2056 and a plan is needed.
“Every health district has its own needs and challenges and we want to find out in Newcastle and the Hunter how to strengthen local palliative care supports already in place,” Mrs Williams said.
“Already at the metropolitan roundtable at Parliament House and at the first regional roundtable in Orange we heard ideas we perhaps would not have considered, so these discussions are invaluable.”
Roundtables are scheduled for Lismore, Kempsey, Broken Hill, Tamworth, Griffith, Queanbeyan, Kiama and Newcastle.
The date and venue will be confirmed later this month. For more information, contact PalliativeCare@moh.health.nsw.gov.au
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