Greens move for palliative care

THE ACT Greens will tomorrow move a motion in the Legislative Assembly calling for the ACT Government to commission an independent review of palliative care services, proposing the review be conducted by an interstate expert.

With the current Government strategy, the ACT Palliative Care Strategy 2007-2011, drawing to a close, the Greens said now is the time to address the ACT’s palliative care issues.

“During the debate about the sale of Clare Holland House important questions were raised about the future of palliative care services more generally,” ACT Greens Health spokesperson Amanda Bresnan said.

“The Government should take this time provided between strategies to ensure those issues are addressed,” Ms Bresnan said.

“The Government was to have an independent review conducted when the sale of Clare Holland House was on the table, but when the sale did not occur neither did  the review.

“Having an expert from interstate conduct the review will provide a fresh perspective on the issue, given the wide range in views expressed during the public debate on the proposed sale of Clare Holland House.”

She said the independent review and the next Palliative Care Strategy will need to address the increasing demand for services and Canberra’s ageing population, particularly the growing palliative care demand outside a hospice setting.


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