Palliative Care NSW recently represented Palliative Care Australia at the Senate Hearing on the 31st of March into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014, a private members Bill by Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale. The Bill proposes a series of regulatory safeguards and provisions for the cultivation, manufacture and marketing of Medicinal Cannabis by a regulator with the power to initiate and adjudicate research in the interests of public safety. Our shared (PCA and PCNSW) position was to support the Bill. We were joined by A/Professor Richard Chye who was an effective advocate for palliative patients requiring optional pain control offered by Medicinal Cannabis. Senate committee is due to report their recommendations by the 21st of May this year.
National Palliative Care Week runs from Sunday 24th – Saturday 30th May 2015. This year's theme is: Dying to talk; talking about dying won't kill you.
Australians do not like to talk about death and dying, it is one of the last taboos. But death happens to us all and to have the best death possible, we need to plan and prepare for it.
During National Palliative Care Week, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is encouraging Australians to break the last taboo and talk about dying – it won’t kill you.
In the lead-up to the 2015 NSW Election parties and candidates responded to our Call to Action – amongst the good news the Baird Government, if re-elected, committed to allocating a further $32 million over the next term to provide greater access to specialist palliative care based on local needs. The Greens pledged to lobby the incoming government to work toward increased funding for Palliative Care to achieve greater choice for the people of NSW. NSW Labor promised their support for the Baird Government's initiative. Read more…
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