Palliative care gets cash lift

By Riverine Herald

ECHUCA Regional Health has received a State Government boost of more than $200,000 to assist in the care of local patients approaching the end of their lives.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp recently announced the grants which aim to support palliative care in Northern Victoria, ensuring regional patients enjoy the best possible quality of life.

In Echuca, $201,600 will support ERH to improve coordination and integration between local providers so patients can enjoy more seamless, integrated and responsive palliative care services.

“Echuca Regional Health plays a pivotal role in making sure patients at the end of their lives are cared for in the manner they deserve,’’ Mr Gepp said.

“We’re helping palliative care services with this important work by giving them the support they need to grow and to offer patients the very best care.”

Across the state, the Labor Government is investing $9 million towards the palliative care infrastructure and innovation grants to improve access to palliative care.

Of the spend, $3.4 million is going towards infrastructure projects such as building works or equipment upgrades, with $5.7 million to back hospital and community-based palliative care services to develop new and innovative models of care.