Queensland’s end-of-life funding falls brief by thousands and thousands, says AMAQ

Professor Perry mentioned that labored out to $28.5 million a 12 months, far in need of the really helpful determine of $277 million put ahead by advocacy group Palliative Care Queensland.

“In order that they speak about [voluntary assisted dying] laws … in nations which have these legal guidelines, solely about 2 per cent of individuals are actually into the chilly resolution to have a health care provider assist them take their lives,” he mentioned.

“Everybody says they need a pain-free and dignified dying, effectively for 98 per cent of folks that’s a correctly funded palliative care system.”

Asserting the additional funding in October, Deputy Premier and Minister for Well being Steven Miles mentioned caring for Queenslanders on the finish of their lives was one of the vital essential obligations a authorities might have.

“We’ll make investments $102.5 million to make use of extra frontline palliative care workers and make investments $54.eight million for community-based service suppliers to ship home-based hospice care,” Mr Miles mentioned.

“This implies extra Queenslanders will have the ability to have their want of spending their final days at house.

“The parliamentary inquiry into palliative and end-of-life care knowledgeable this essential funding announcement.”


In its submission to the parliamentary inquiry, the AMAQ mentioned it formally didn’t assist euthanasia laws, though it acknowledged numerous views had been held inside its membership.

Professor Perry mentioned the AMAQ would proceed to press the federal government on various the opposite priorities on its checklist.

Particularly, he mentioned members wished extra element about how the federal government’s proposed community of satellite tv for pc hospitals would work, who would workers them and the timeline for them being constructed.

Professor Perry mentioned the AMAQ additionally wished the federal government to do extra to assist younger docs, particularly in the wake of a damning survey of working conditions launched by the affiliation within the closing week of the marketing campaign.

Mr Miles performed down the report on the time, saying he was conscious of “tradition points” inside Queensland hospitals, however that his division was working to alter that tradition.

Professor Perry mentioned that change was wanted quickly.

“We had stories that inside two hours of us placing out our media launch, junior docs at hospitals had been informed that regardless of what administration had mentioned beforehand, they might begin claiming time beyond regulation,” he mentioned.

“That didn’t come from Steven Miles saying it, it got here from the AMAQ highlighting it.”

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