The Living Album is a collection of stories and experiences we recently collected about people who have received palliative care in NSW, each beautifully and compellingly written by surviving members of family, relatives and friends.
In April, we hand delivered physical copies of the Living Album to key people and policymakers including then Premier Barry O’Farrell, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and the NSW Treasurer, Mike Baird. The video below details more about the Living Album.
Thank you very much for your book, The Living Album, and for your kind note. The book is a positive reflection of your advocacy and passion for palliative care patients and their families.
I appreciate your concern about the coverage of the new community-based palliative care packages, which were introduced as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to improve access to palliative care.
The community-based support packages are designed to ensure safe and comfortable care at home in the last weeks of life. They are provided by leading palliative care providers, working closely with Local Health Districts (LHDs). The packages can be mobilised quickly and are designed to be tailored to the needs of individuals and their families.
All LHDs in NSW can refer patients to these palliative care providers to receive support packages. In most LHDs, packages are already available, or are in the process of becoming available, in all areas. The Ministry will be working closely with the remaining LHDs to achieve appropriate coverage.
Implementation of the community-based support packages is in its early stages and the Ministry of Health will be monitoring the roll-out of these packages closely. Consideration will be given to coverage and access across LHDs as implementation progresses.
Thank you again for your work in the palliative care field and for the copy of The Living Album, which I have made available to the Ministry of Health team responsible for palliative care.
Jillian Skinner MP