Better end-of-life care in regional VIC

The Victorian Government is facilitating people in regional areas accessing quality and compassionate end-of-life care, closer to home.


Victoria's Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the second round of the Government’s popular Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will open next Monday and, for the first time, be expanded to include publicly funded community palliative care services.


The $200 million fund will rebuild rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities no matter where they live.


In addition to palliative care services, the second round includes all health, community health, aged care, women’s health and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.


Grants can be used to build new or remodel existing facilities to provide greater comfort for patients and enable doctors and nurses to deliver safer and more efficient care.


The boost for palliative care is part of a suite of reforms to ensure Victorians has access to the best possible end-of-life care. In 2016 the Government launched a new “End-of-Life and Palliative Care Framework” to better support end-of- life choices.


The framework describes the care needed for people who are likely to die in the next 12 months due to progressive, advanced or incurable illness, frailty or old age.


Earlier this year the Government also announced a $5 million equipment fund for palliative care with a focus on giving services the tools they need to support people and carers to provide care at home.


The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided an extra $1.67 billion to support hospitals and health services to meet demand, including palliative care services, respond to family violence and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve in their own communities, now and into the future.


17 May 2017.