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Call for Liberal Government Not to Rule Out Additional Palliative Care Facility in the North

26 May 2016

Thursday 26 May 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           that after the closure of Philip Oakden House in 2007, Launceston has been without a dedicated, standalone hospice facility; and

(b)           the report commissioned by the Hodgman Liberal Government from Grosvenor Management and Consulting which indicated there is no need to provide additional palliative care beds in the North for the next 20 years.

(2)           Acknowledges that the Grosvenor Report states that the data used to provide their findings did not include the frequency of the provision of palliative care at the Launceston General Hospital.

(3)           Recognises that:—

(a)           without data from the largest healthcare facility in the north of the State, the Report cannot be considered a reliable source;

(b)           Tasmania has the second highest incidence of all cancers combined and the second highest number of deaths from cancer in the Country;

(c)           1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 75 and that while the survival rate for many types of cancer has increased by more than 20 per cent in the last few decades, unfortunately the increase is not consistent across all cancers; and

(d)           with a growing, and aging, population, the odds are not in Tasmania’s favour and that it is unlikely the current number of available beds in Launceston for palliative care simply will not be enough to service the community needs.

(4)           Further acknowledges that, while many people do choose to be cared for and to die at home, many do not and the desire by key stakeholder and community groups has been expressed for an additional service to complement the excellent services on offer currently in the North.

(5)           Calls on the Minister for Health, Hon Michael Ferguson MP, to undertake further consultation, source data from the Launceston General Hospital, and to consider the wants and needs of his electorate before ruling out the possibility of a dedicated, standalone facility in Launceston.