Frontline health workers will benefit from $1.2 million in on-the-job training and scholarships to boost palliative care skills and improve the experience of patients.


Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams, together with the Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, made the announcement today at The Nioka Palliative Care Unit at Tamworth Hospital.


Mrs Williams said all Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks in NSW will receive a share of $900,000 in 2017-18 to provide palliative care training to nurses and allied health staff.


Seven regional and rural Local Health Districts will also get a share of $300,000 for scholarships for nurses and allied health workers to enhance their palliative care skills.


The funding is part of the NSW Government’s record $100 million palliative care investment, including $17.4 million in the 2017-18 Budget, on top of the approximately $210 million spent each year.


“The NSW Government has provided record funding so that nurses and allied health professionals across the state get the training and support they need to deliver best-standard palliative care to patients,” Mrs Williams said.


“Providing access to quality palliative care is a key priority for this Government. Everyone should have confidence and choice in the care they receive at the end of their life.”


Mr Anderson said each on-the-job training placement is valued at $3000 and 300 nurses and allied health professionals will participate in the scheme in 2017-18. Another 300 staff will receive scholarships in the same period.


“The NSW Government is committed to breaking down barriers and filling gaps in palliative care in regional and rural areas so people get care at the right time, in the right ways,” Mr Anderson said.


“These placements will give nurses and allied health professionals the skills and confidence they need to provide better palliative care to those who need it, no matter where they live.”

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