Ryan backs plan for palliative care

September 20, 2017

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan.

PALLIATIVE care in rural and regional Victoria will be significantly increased if The Nationals and Liberals are elected to government next year.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said a new $140 million package for community based palliative care was the largest ever proposed in Australia.

“I believe this is one of the most important investments we can make because communities across the Euroa electorate currently have very limited access to specialist palliative care,” Ms Ryan said.

“This will ensure terminally ill patients and their families in our communities are supported as they approach the end of their lives.

“Last year I came to appreciate the importance of palliative care when my own grandmother passed away. She was surrounded by family and was given excellent care by the staff at Goulburn Valley Health, but I wish that her last moments weren’t spent in a hospital room.

“I have also seen the care and dedication of palliative care specialists across our region, but many of them have told me that they wish they had the capacity to do more.”

Elaine Graziano works at Heathcote Primary Health and has had both parents pass away while in palliative care.

Ms Graziano said having caring staff who are trained in palliative care around you when losing a loved one makes all the difference.

“It’s the little personal things that help and support people through such a difficult time,” Ms Graziano said.

“Particularly in the latter stage when things are much harder on families and loved ones, having caring professionals who can answer questions and add those extra touches makes means so much.”

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