More people who need palliative care will be able to find support at a local community hospice thanks to a Shorten Labor Government.
The Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King, announced today that Labor would provide $5 million to help develop a new 20-bed community hospice in Armstrong Creek, Geelong.
This commitment ensures that Anam Cara Geelong will be able to increase its palliative support to people with chronic and life-limiting illnesses, as well as their carers and families.
Labor’s investment will be supported by $10 million in locally sourced project funding and philanthropic donations.
“Anam Cara is providing a unique and compassionate end-of life service that is considered world’s best practice,” Mr Marles said.
Since opening its doors in 2007, Anam Cara has cemented its place in the hearts of Geelong residents.
This commitment from Labor will ensure its work will continue to support thousands of families across the Greater Geelong region.
“This commitment by Labor is made with the knowledge of the exceptional level of care and service provided by Anam Cara,” Ms Coker said.
“Labor is committed to improving palliative care in all settings, and to helping all Australians be as comfortable as possible at the end of their life,’’ Ms King said.
“That is why Labor is investing $35 million over four years to roll out new models of palliative care.”
This investment from a Shorten Labor Government will help expand the total capacity of Anam Cara, which will help alleviate the growing demand on local public health services and intensive care facilities.
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