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$5.6 million support for palliative care patients and families

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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing


3 December 2010

$5.6 Million Support for Palliative Care Patients and Families

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler is inviting community groups, health and aged care providers and charitable organisations to apply for grants totalling $5.6 million under the Local Palliative Care Grants Program (LPCGP).

Mr Butler said the grants would enable organisations to provide improved support to terminally ill people requiring palliative care and their families.

“These grants are intended to improve access to palliative care services in the local community,” he said.

“These services provide the vital and compassionate care needed for Australians at the end of their lives.”

Grants of between $15,000 and $150,000 will be provided to help with fitting out premises and purchasing equipment.

“Each year, more than 20,000 Australians receive specialist palliative care and more than 500,000 patients, carers, family members or friends are affected.

“Since 2005, more than $34 million has been provided through the LPCGP to almost 200 projects across the country.

“The Gillard Labor Government is continuing to honour its commitment to increase access to, and improve the quality of, care for patients receiving palliative care within their local communities.”

Palliative Care Australia CEO Doctor Yvonne Luxford welcomed the commitment.

“These grants will provide vital infrastructure for palliative care services. They are an important step towards enabling all Australians to die with their preventable pain and other symptoms well managed, with the people they wish to be present, and in the place of their choice.

“Palliative Care Australia commends the Australian Government for their ongoing support in improving access to palliative care.”

LPCGP grants have enabled local communities to better support palliative patients and their families and carers through better access to palliative care medicines, support for pastoral care and counselling and education and training for the workforce. The LPCGP are currently being advertised nationally, with applications

closing on Wednesday 2 February 2011.

Grant application kits, which include guidelines and application forms, are available from, or by e-mailing

For more information, please contact Mr Butler’s office on 02 6277 7280