The NSW government has announced extra funding of $82.8 million over a period of four years, on top of the $220 million it annually spends on palliative care and support services.
Some of the funding will go towards 120 full time equivalent staff for Western Sydney Local Health District including additional nurses, allied health and medical staff.
The district will also receive additional in-patient beds for hospital-based palliative care services, multidisciplinary care and support services at home, and consumer information resources.
NSW health minister Brad Hazzard said that funding would also go to end-of-life support packages and extra virtual care services to help regional patients access services.
“The additional funding will also support dedicated inpatient beds at cancer hospital and cancer treatment centre Chris O’Brien Lifehouse,” Hazzard said.
A recurrent $2 million from the extra money will flow to the Manly Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice that is due to open in July 2022.
NSW treasurer Dominic Perrottet noted that the funding boost, allocated in the 2021-22 state budget, would help thousands of families to provide dignity to people at their of their life’s journey.
“We know in Australia only a small proportion of people die suddenly.
“Most people experience a prolonged period of disability, frailty and illness,” Perrottet said.
The funding announcement follows the recent release of the NSW 2021-22 intergenerational report, which forecasts a longer life expectancy of people in the state in 40 years’ time (92 for women and 89 years for men born in 2061).