HEALTH — PALLIATIVE CARE

2241. Hon Alison Xamon to the parliamentary secretary representing the Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health:

I refer to page 270 in the 2019–20 State Budget, end of life choices and palliative care services, and I ask:

(a)  has additional funding been allocated to Palliative Care WA;

(b)  if yes to (a), how much;

(c)  if no to (a), why not; and

(d)  in addition to the two expert panels that have been formed, voluntary assisted dying and advanced care planning, will an expert panel on palliative care also be convened and resourced to progress the recommendations from the My Life, My Choice Report?

Hon Alanna Clohesy replied:

I am advised:

(a)  No additional funding has been allocated to Palliative Care W A (PCW A).

(b)  Not applicable.

(c)  As a not-for-profit peak body for palliative care in Western Australia (WA), PCWA promotes both the principles and practices of palliative care and engages with the community, their members and all tiers of government as well as organisations within the health, aged care, disability and community service sectors.

PCWA (like other palliative care peak bodies across Australia, except for Palliative Care Victoria) does not receive recurrent government funding, rather obtains funding through membership, donations and bids for funding for palliative care associated projects through external agencies. The Department of Health (DOH) has a long history of collaboration and regularly supporting PCWA by funding palliative care associated projects through grant funding. The DOH is currently reviewing several business cases proposed by PCWA in accordance with the DOH’s procurement guidelines.

(d)  The Department of Health is progressing implementation to address the palliative care recommendations detailed in the Report of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on End of Life Choices (The Report). Some of the recommendations will entail new work for the Department and all recommendations will require further work to validate the component parts and determine the feasibility, application, approach and implementation with key stakeholders. This includes prioritisation of relevant policy development, improved governance structures and addressing the clinical, funding and resource implications.

The Ministerial Expert Panels for Voluntary Assisted Dying and Advance Health Directives have undertaken a specific function, to review or develop new legislation that will be introduced into the WA Parliament in the second half of 2019.

The Minister for Health, Hon Roger Cook MLA, has requested that the Government hold a Palliative Care Summit, following his meeting with the PCWA Chief Executives Round Table, to be held on 24 August 2019. The Summit will inform the way palliative care is developed and resourced, meeting the needs of consumers and health professionals, with the purpose of achieving high quality palliative care for all Western Australians. The Summit will be held in partnership with PCWA, WA Country Health Service (WACHS), WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) and the Health Consumers Council (HCC) of WA.

 

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