Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Caring for our older Queenslanders is a top priority for the Palaszczuk Labor Government and it’s an issue that touches every single Queenslander.

Whether it’s our parents, our grandparents, elderly friends or other aging people in our community, the care of our older Queenslanders matters deeply to each of us.

As some called on Queensland to open our borders, minimising risk to our most vulnerable was always our priority. The tragedy of the COVID-19 impact in Victorian nursing homes rocked the nation. It was gut-wrenching.

That’s why we always made sure we followed the expert health advice and never waivered from protecting the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders.

This is the same approach we will take to palliative care and end-of-life care, an issue that has been left in the ‘too hard’ basket for too long.

We knew it wasn’t good enough and that’s why we established a historic parliamentary inquiry to drive reform.

That process has shown us the path forward and we're proud to invest over $171 million in palliative care in Queensland, alongside system reform that ensures Queenslanders get the highest quality care at the end of their life.

We've listened to those who have watched their loved ones suffer.

We can and will do better for all Queenslanders.

Read our full policy here.

KEY PLEDGES
$171 million investment over six years in Palliative Care.
Investing $102.5 million to employ more front-line palliative care staff across Queensland.
Investing $54.8 million now for community-based service providers to deliver home-based care.
Investing $500,000 to develop a new Palliative and End-of-Life Care Strategy.
Investing $7.2 million to improve palliative care digital services and telehealth support.
Investing $4.3 million to provide 24/7 secondary consultation for palliative care practitioners.
Delivering $1.6 million for additional palliative care public education and advocacy to ensure Queenslanders are informed.