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Question Without Notice No. 877 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 August 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on 20 August 2019

PALLIATIVE CARE — REGIONAL SERVICES

877. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

Last week, the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health said, and I quote from Hansard —

an additional $30.164 million has been allocated to regional palliative care services �

(1) That amount of $30.164 million was announced as being funding for palliative care across the whole of Western Australia. Can the minister confirm that none of that funding will be spent in the Perth metro area?

(2) If yes to (1), what funding for palliative care will the Perth metro area receive in comparison with the regions?

(3) If no to (1), what percentage of the total $30.164 million will be given to the Perth metro area in contrast with outside the metro area?

(4) In May, the government announced a 74 per cent rise in funding for palliative care. Can the government provide the figures that were used to calculate that rise?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am advised of the following.

(1) The $30.164 million announced for palliative care has been allocated to services dedicated to regional Western Australia and will not be spent on metropolitan services.

(2) From 2019–20 to 2022–23, the metropolitan area will receive $147.3 million for palliative care services. This excludes inpatient services, which are funded as part of general hospital services.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) In 2019–20, funding for regional palliative care services increased by 74 per cent, from $6.9 million to $l2 million.