Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today announced that the NSW Government will use feedback from a series of community roundtables to improve palliative care services across the State.

Mr Ward said that following a recent community roundtable at the Kiama Pavilion with local stakeholder groups, the NSW Government has today published reports revealing communities’ priorities for palliative care services which were raised at 10 roundtables across the State.

“We’ve now listened to the communities’ views on where and how services can be improved and will be ensuring the best possible use of our $100 million boost to palliative care services to produce better outcomes for patients and their families,” he said.

“Priorities raised by participants include the need to improve access to services, ensuring a skilled workforce is linked with integrated care and support, and making palliative care more patient-centred.

“As a result of these roundtables we now have a deeper understanding of what is working well, what needs improvement and potential solutions,” Mr Ward said.

On 27th June, the Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock joined with members of the Milton Ulladulla community and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District to officially open Milton Ulladulla Hospital’s newly constructed $4.6 million Renal and Palliative Care Unit.

“This expansion of the hospital includes a purpose-built Palliative Care space with family rooms and respite areas and a dedicated Renal Unit with seven dialysis chairs, dedicated renal doctors and nurses and expert chronic care nurses,” she said.

“The NSW Government committed $4.6 million in 2014 for the planning and construction of the new unit and I am thrilled that in just under three years the expansion is fully complete and has already begun accepting patients.

“The new Renal and Palliative Care Unit at Milton Ulladulla Hospital will make a massive difference in the community. It’s fantastic to see the NSW Government looking to meet these needs across the State.

“The NSW Government will soon be releasing a discussion paper, seeking further feedback on palliative care services,” Mrs Hancock said.