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Question Without Notice No. 1159 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 October 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

PALLIATIVE CARE — GOLDFIELDS

1159. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the minister's statement, published on 10 October 2019, headed ''Goldfields to receive significant boost to palliative care services''.

(1) Can the government confirm that the WA Country Health Service will determine how the additional funding and resources will be allocated?

(2) Will there be any review of the decisions made by WACHS on how these additional resources are spent?

(3) How long does the government estimate it will take for the additional full-time equivalent positions to be filled?

(4) How long does the government estimate it will take for the additional funding to be finally applied?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

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

(1) Yes, WACHS will determine the allocation of the additional funding and resources.

(2) WACHS is responsible for determining the most effective acquittal of the additional resources.

(3) Recruitment of the additional FTE for the goldfields is underway and will be dependent on the interest and availability of suitably skilled and qualified staff to work in the goldfields. Interim staffing arrangements will be considered as required.

(4) Funding will be incrementally allocated yearly, over the four-year period of the investment to 2022–23.