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Question Without Notice No. 1127 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Colin Holt

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

Answered on

PALLIATIVE CARE — REGIONAL SERVICES

1127. Hon COLIN HOLT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the budget announcement to invest a further $30.2 million to expand regional palliative care services and the further announcement on 10 October 2019.

(1) What is the revised annual investment increase over the next four years from 2019–20 by year in regional WA?

(2) Will the minister please identify the total increased investment by the WA Country Health Service region by year?

(3) What proportion of the 61.5 FTEs will be increased by year until full rollout of the commitment?

(4) Did the state government prepare a business case for the expansion of regional palliative care services; and, if so, what was the optimal level of funding recommended?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

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

(1) Funding for community-based regional palliative care services will increase by 13 per cent from 2019–20 to 2020–21, by 13 per cent from 2020–21 to 2021–22 and by 18 per cent from 2021–22 to 2022–23.

(2) Models of care are being established and the detailed planning will inform final allocations by region by year as the expansion of palliative care services is rolled out. The Premier's media statement of 10 October 2019 provided indicative investment across regions.

(3) The anticipated proportion of FTE increase by year is provided in a tabular form. I seek leave to have that part incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

The following material was incorporated —

REGION

2019–2020

2020–2021

2021–2022

2022–2023

Percentage Increase

40%

20%

15%

25%

 

(4) Detailed costings and models of care were developed for palliative care services within the 2019–20 budget submission. Budget submissions are cabinet-in-confidence.