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DENI S BURKE, N T HEALTH SERVICES MI NI STER & DR MICHAEL WOOLDRI DGE, FEDERAL HEALTH AND FAMI LY SERVICES MI NI S TER

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PALLIATIVE CARE FUNDING WIN

Palliative care in the Territory has been given a funding boost.

Federal Minister for Health and Family Services, Dr Michael Wooldridge and NT Health Minister, Denis Burke, have announced 5438,490 of Federal funding over three years for two palliative care projects covering the Top End and Central

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The Top End Division of General Practice and their Central Australian counterparts made their submissions to the Federal Government's Divisions and Project's Grant Program through Mr Burke, who has been calling on the Commonwealth to increase palliative care funding.

"Dr Wooldridge, has been receptive to our representations and it's pleasing the additional funding has now been secured," Mr Burke says.

"$224,076 of the funding will go to the Top End Division and the other $214,414 will be given to the Central Australian Division.

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"GP's are the cornerstone of palliative care the NT and the GP Divisions are committed to training our GPs to provide best-practice palliative care to Terri torians."

Dr Wooldridge said that the Federal Government had welcomed the move by the Divisions to improve the quality of palliation for terminally ill patients, and recognised that there was poor access to these services in the NT.

"Governments want to see palliative care expanded so that more people can benefit . from the physical, emotional and spiritual support they provide. All levels of government, health professionals and the broad community have to work together

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to break down the remaining barriers and widen access to quality care for the dying," Dr Wooldridge said.

"I am heartened that the Top End and Central Australian Divisions of CPs have taken the lead and 1 know they will be consulting extensively with Aboriginal communities in developing the projects."

The projects encompass two phases: - a comprehensive review of all current palliative care services which will include detailed consultation with all major stakeholders, and the design and implementation of a community-based needs analysis in the palliative care area. - the development, implementation and evaluation of the provision of a quality, up-

to-date education program.

The Territory Government has budgeted $1.04 million for palliative care in 97/98.

More details on the projects are available from the Divisions or from the Ministers' offices.

Contact: Lorelei Fong Lim (Minister Burke's Office) 89997923 Bill Royce (Dr Wooldridge's Office) 06 27772200 Dr Lyn Sampson (Central Australian Division) 89523486 Dr Karen Stringer (Top End Division) 89410096

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