Written on the 20 July 2017 by Kevin Conolly

As part of last month's NSW state budget, the NSW Government has announced $100 million in additional funding over the next four years in palliative care services across NSW, with $38.9 million for palliative care services in the Western Sydney region.

"I am delighted to announce that with this funding commitment, the NSW Government has been able to partner with palliative care provider Silver Chain Group to deliver a community-based palliative care service in the Western Sydney Local Health District," said Kevin Conolly MP, Member for Riverstone.

The NSW Government recognises that the majority of patients with life-limiting illnesses want to be cared for in a home setting, rather than in hospital. Through implementing this new, flexible care approach, patients and their families in the Western Sydney region can elect to be cared for in a home setting, with access to hospices and hospitals when needed.

Silver Chain Group's community based service will provide 24 hour, 7 day a week on-call specialist palliative care at home. This will include practical support for daily activities, support for families and carers and bereavement support. The service will focus on people in their last three months of life.

In addition to supporting the patient's clinical needs, the service may include counselling, pastoral care and social and spiritual care for the patient and their family. It may also include equipment needed to provide the patient with care in their own home.

"This innovative service will be provided over seven years to support more than 8,340 patients in the Western Sydney region," said Mr Conolly.

The Silver Chain group is an established non-government organisation with extensive experience in delivering community-based palliative care services.

For more information go to www.health.nsw.gov.au/sii/pages/palliative-care.aspx or call the Silver Chain Contact Centre on 1300 758 566.

Author: Kevin Conolly


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