Funding boosts palliative care at Kalamunda Hospital

Palliative care will be enhanced at Kalamunda Hospital with new State Government funding, underlying its commitment to the importance of quality of end of life care and choices.

$9.5 million in funding for the hospital was announced on Thursday as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

The funds will be used to redevelop the palliative care section of the hospital to care for patients unable to get the care they require at home.

Planned works for the hospital will include the reconfiguration of the patient rooms to create single rooms with ensuites and improved access to outdoor spaces and upgrading facilities and amenities for families and carers.

Funding will also be devoted to additional therapeutic spaces including improved gardens, landscaping outdoors and incorporation of an indoor art/ therapy room.

The enhanced palliative care service will also incorporate proactive outreach models of care and improved service linkages, supports and capacity in the East Metropolitan Health Service.

Planning is expected to start immediately and construction will begin in mid-2021.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the service will help provide the highest possible end of life care.

“In accordance with the Western Australian End of Life and Palliative Care Strategy 2018-2028 – every Western Australian with a life-limiting illness has the right to high quality integrated end of life and palliative care,” Mr Cook said.

“Funding will help ensure Kalamunda Hospital can continue to provide high quality palliative care and respond to the dying person’s individual needs, wishes and preferences, with the key objective being person-centred and dignified care.”

Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes said the government was helping Western Australians at the end of their lives.

“My constituents believe, as I do, that Kalamunda Hospital is well placed to become a centre of excellence in the practice and delivery of both in-patient and out-patient palliative care, so I’m pleased that the McGowan Government has listened to their wishes.

“I recently presented a petition to Parliament that local people were very keen to sign suggesting a centre of excellence expansion of the fine existing provision at Kalamunda Hospital.

He added it will assist the WA economy.

“This wise investment will provide jobs in construction and in operation over many years, as well as delivering evidence-based high-quality palliative care practices to inform and educate palliative care practitioners and carers,” Mr Hughes said.

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