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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1104 asked in the Legislative Council on 26 September 2019 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


1104. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the 74 per cent increase in regional palliative care funding announced for 2019–20 and note that we are about to enter the second quarter of the financial year.

(1) Does the government now have a plan for the expenditure of these additional funds?

(2) If yes to (1), what is the plan?

(3) On what date did the minister note or approve the plan?

(4) On what date did the cabinet note or approve the plan?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(4) The WA Country Health Service is currently working carefully to ensure equity of access across the seven regions, so that people can benefit from receiving safe, high-quality palliative care regardless of where they live. WACHS has initiated a comprehensive review of existing models of service delivery. This will help refine the models of care to best support the needs of those patients with potential access challenges and best fit the diverse geographic environment of rural and remote WA. Details of the plan will be released once finalised.