Call for palliative care beds in Joondalup

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton presented petitions calling for palliative care beds at Joondalup Health Campus to Health Minister Roger Cook.
Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton presented petitions calling for palliative care beds at Joondalup Health Campus to Health Minister Roger Cook.

A CALL for additional palliative care beds at Joondalup Health Campus was made in Parliament last week.

Joondalup and Wanneroo MLAs Emily Hamilton and Sabine Winton presented petitions with more than 1000 signatures to the House and Health Minister Roger Cook.

Patients needing public palliative care services currently have to attend Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

“We need to continue to invest in key health infrastructure in Joondalup to ensure patients can receive the care they need close to home,” Ms Hamilton said.

“We need a palliative care unit to be located at the Joondalup Health Campus so patients facing their end of life can receive the palliative care services they need in Joondalup.”

“Eliminating travel time in those precious last moments with a loved ones can have a hugely positive affect on families,” Ms Winton added.

The State Government announced a $41 million investment in an end-of-life choices and palliative care services package for West Australians as part of the 2019-20 budget.

Earlier this month Oct, an additional $17.8 million was invested to enhance palliative care services, which includes $9 million towards 10 inpatient palliative care beds in the northern suburbs.

Ms Hamilton and Ms Winton are continuing their campaign for the beds to be located at Joondalup Health Campus and have launched an online petition.

Visit their Facebook pages to sign.

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