Scot MacDonald
24th May 2017

The Hunter community will have its opportunity next month to contribute to the future of palliative care services in NSW, presently under discussion at state-wide roundtables with community and health professionals.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, today announced the state-wide community consultation process will be held in Newcastle on 9 June.

“I look forward to the localised discussions on what is working well in our area, what needs improvement, and innovative solutions to this very pressing issue,” Mr MacDonald said.

The Palliative Care Roundtable program began in Sydney’s Parliament House on 26 April.

“The theme for this year’s Palliative Care Awareness week is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative Care can make a difference’,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The theme addresses the need for aged care services to provide palliative care where appropriate, and this is an issue which has been brought up across the state at both the metro and regional roundtables.”

Leslie Williams MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, is leading nine regional roundtables in Orange, Lismore, Kempsey, Broken Hill, Tamworth, Griffith, Queanbeyan, Kiama and Newcastle.

Once the roundtables have concluded, NSW Health will produce a discussion paper for public comment in the near future.

What:    The Newcastle Palliative Care Roundtable

Where: The Greenhouse Room, Wests New Lambton Bowling Club, Tauranga Road, New Lambton.

When:   Friday 9 June 2017 from 11.00 to 3.00pm

Who:     Invited participants include community organisations, health professionals, medical and nursing specialists, general practice professionals, and advocacy groups. Approximately 45 guests will be in attendance.

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