Senator Catryna Bilyk congratulated the nominees in the 2017 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards—to be announced at a ceremony at The Old Woolstore tonight—and passed on her best wishes.
Unable to attend the awards due to recent surgery, Senator Bilyk passed on her congratulations in a video message, to be played at the event.
“Whether you win an award or not, the fact that you, or your organisation, has been nominated means that your contribution to quality palliative care is extremely valuable,” Senator Bilyk said in her video message.
Senator Bilyk acknowledged that the awards would not have been possible without the sector’s peak body, Palliative Care Tasmania.
“Of course, the future of Palliative Care Tasmania was very uncertain about a year ago when they had their funding cut,” Senator Bilyk said.
“But with a strong fighting spirit, and the support of a community that was outraged by the Government’s decision, Tasmania’s palliative care peak body has managed to secure funding to continue their excellent work for at least another three years.”
Senator Bilyk said she was proud to have played a central role in the campaign to save Palliative Care Tasmania.
Her support included organising a petition, writing letters to two Federal health ministers and delivering a series of speeches in the Senate calling on the Federal Government to reverse their funding cut.
Palliative Care Tasmania will be announcing tonight’s winners by media release.