Senator for Tasmania, Catryna Bilyk, said it was unacceptable that neither the May 9 Federal Budget nor today’s State Budget provided Palliative Care Tasmania with any certainty about its future.
“Under Labor’s 2016 Federal Election commitment, this wonderful organisation would still be delivering community-based palliative care education to thousands of Tasmanians,” Senator Bilyk said, “but now they are stuck in limbo.
“Palliative Care Tasmania has cut their services to the bare bones in order to survive.
“We know from experience that community education such as that provided by Palliative Care Tasmania has an enormous impact on the end-of-life experience for palliative care patients.
“The Turnbull and Hodgman Governments must fund palliative care community education, and who better to deliver it than an organisation that already has the knowledge and experience?
“It is unacceptable that between the Turnbull and Hodgman Liberal Governments they can’t come up with a funding solution to save Palliative Care Tasmania.
“While Labor welcomes the Federal Government’s contribution of $3 million to palliative care in Tasmania, we still have no detail of how this funding will be spent, and today’s State Budget provides no further clues.
“Dying Tasmanians deserve certainty about the support and services they and their families will receive.”
The previous Labor Government committed $2.67 million funding over four years to Palliative Care Tasmania to deliver community education in palliative and end of life care, death, dying, grief and bereavement.
Under their funding agreement, Palliative Care Tasmania was given a target of providing community education to 1,000 Tasmanians. Instead, they have reached 15,000.