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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES—PALLIATIVE CARE

Senator Boyce, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 141—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the provision of modern quality palliative care means no person with a terminal illness should die in pain, and

  (ii) the provision of modern quality palliative care affects end-of-life care arrangements; and

 (b) calls on the Government to ensure:

  (i) Australians have access to quality, modern palliative care when and as it is needed,

  (ii) adequate provisions are in place to make palliative care a fundamental part of our national healthcare system,

  (iii) the states, particularly Queensland, address the chronic under-funding of palliative care services,

  (iv) government training programs for aged care and healthcare workers include appropriate end-of-life training and education, and

  (v) appropriate public education through greater awareness about the role of palliative care in the healthcare system and its contribution to the quality of life and death.

Question put and passed.