Cronulla MP Mark Speakman, Miranda MP Eleni Petinos and Oatley MP Mark Coure today announced that St George and Sutherland Shire patients, families and carers will soon benefit from refurbishments to palliative care facilities thanks to a $380,000 funding injection from the NSW Government.
Member for Cronulla, Mark Speakman, said, “refurbishments will help bring comfort to people at the end of life, along with their families and carers.”
“Calvary Health Care Kogarah provides specialist palliative care services to the local St George and Sutherland Shire regions and will receive the bulk of the funding,” Mr Speakman said.
“The refurbishments at Calvary Health Care Kogarah will improve the family tea room by creating a contemporary space that meets the needs of those who are visiting a loved one at the end of their life,” Ms Petinos said.
“In addition, Sutherland Hospital will receive funding in 2022 to refurbish single and family accommodation rooms, as well as creating more comfortable lounge and rest areas, including outdoor spaces”.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, said, “St George Hospital will benefit from an additional eight sofa beds, which will increase support and comfort to family members of patients receiving end of life care.”
“Family members with loved ones in the terminal phase of their illness often request to stay overnight and providing sofa chairs that can extend into a single bed will significantly improve their comfort during this difficult time,” Mr Coure said
These facilities are among 34 palliative care facilities to be refurbished over the next two years as part of a $5.5 million investment in end of life care across NSW.
Gardens will be planted adjacent to the family room and along a balcony that fronts four single rooms, making the space more pleasant and less clinical. Local plant species unique to the Kogarah and Botany Bay area will complement the existing Aboriginal garden and provide a culturally safe place for Aboriginal people to receive end of life care.
Every year, the NSW Government spends more than $220 million on palliative care services across the State. In addition to this funding, in 2020-21 a further $16 million of enhancement funding was spent to improve services, including a boost of $7.17 million for 35 allied health workers and 20 palliative care nurses across NSW.
The latest round of funding follows the success of $4.5 million allocated for refurbishments in 2019-20 and 2020-21. Both funding rounds were a part of a $45 million enhancement for palliative care facilities announced in the 2019-20 NSW Budget.
This enhancement and a further $56 million announced in late 2020 support an additional 5,000 End of Life home support packages available across NSW from 1 July 2021.
The recruitment of 100 new palliative care nurses, more Aboriginal health workers, digital health to improve access to palliative care, enhanced bereavement services and education to ensure a strong, competent workforce. This is in addition to the $100 million palliative care package announced in the 2017-18 Budget.
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