Community-based palliative care services throughout the region are set to receive a significant boost with the rollout of $35 million in state Government funding.
It's all part of the NSW Government's plan to increase access to palliative care by 2016, and will allow more choice for patients and their loved ones, providing the necessary care and support if dying at home is their wish.
The suite of community-based palliative care initiatives includes support packages for people dying at home, support services for dying children and their families, palliative care volunteer support services, and an after-hours telephone support service.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner says they're committed to workings a state where those living with a terminal condition have real palliative care options.
"We know that to deliver better palliative care services to people throughout NSW, we must build up community-based options," she said.
In addition to the funding, an extra 30 clinical nurse specialists and clinical nurse educators in palliative care will commence work across New South Wales over the next year.