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Greater government investment in palliative care.

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Andrew Laming MP Federal Member for Bowman

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 14 September 2005 MR05.079


Mr Andrew Laming today announced that a new round of grants from the Australian Government’s $23 million commitment to improve palliative care services will open on 17 September 2005.

“This latest round, worth a total of $3 million, offers grants between $30,000 and $120,000 and will focus on assistance for counselling, pastoral care and support for palliative care patients and their families,” Andrew Laming said.

“Funding will support projects that create resources for patients, families, carers or health professionals that assist in addressing the emotional and support needs of palliative care patients.

“Good palliative care tries to achieve the best possible quality of life, both for those who are dying and for their families and carers,” Andrew Laming said.

More than 150 applications for funding were received in the first round of local palliative care grants, which closed last week. The first round focused on purchasing specialised palliative care equipment, fitting out care centres and providing transition services to help people return to a comfortable home life.

The government expects to announce the successful applicants from this new round early in 2006.

Organisations that apply for these grants must demonstrate a commitment to quality palliative care, and show how they will bring about improved outcomes for dying patients, their families and carers.

“I encourage Bowman’s organisations to consider applying for this grant,” Mr Laming said.

Grant application kits, including guidelines and application forms, are available from, or may be obtained by sending an e-mail to Applications close on Friday 28 October 2005.

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