Sign our petition

You can help push for better palliative care in NSW by adding your signature to our petition. Over 75,000 people have signed already. The result so far has been a debate in Parliament and some headway in the roll out of end-of-life packages across the state – but more must be done. Please don’t underestimate the power you have!

To add your signature, please follow these instructions:

  1. Access the petition here.
  2. Print off a copy and add your signatures. Signatures will only be accepted by Parliament if they are on the front of the page, and with the petition statement and request printed at the top. If you need more space for signatures, please print off multiple copies.
  3. Mail your signed sheet(s) to the address printed at the bottom of the petition. Email or faxed copies are not accepted by NSW Parliament.

Thank you for your signatures and your support. We will strive to keep you informed on the progress of the campaign.


Petition Statement and Request

The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of NSW. The petition of residents of New South Wales brings to the attention of the House:

  • Gross deficiencies exist in the availability of palliative care services for adults and children in many parts of the State, particularly in regional and rural areas but also in acute hospitals, aged-care facilities and for patients in their own homes.
  • There are inadequate funds available to support the training of sufficient palliative care workers (nursing, medical and allied health) to service the existing & rapidly increasing need.

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to:

  • Provide for sufficient palliative care services to meet the existing and anticipated future demands for such services in all areas of the State and in all types of institutions or other places where such services are required; and
  • Provide additional funds to support training of palliative care workers.

Additional links

Download the petition here: Palliative Care Petition
Download the explanation sheet here: Explanation PC Campaign
Download the petition instructions here: Palliative Care Petition Instructions

13 thoughts on “Sign our petition

  1. I lost my Father at the age of 57 from a tumor to the brain. Without the support of the palliative care service in Mudgee (rural NSW), we would have it difficult to care for my father and give him the quality of life that he disserved in the final months of his life. It has been 15 years since Dads passing and find it sad that this service is still struggling for funds.
    People fail to realize that this is the time when people who are terminally ill, and their families, need the support from Palliative care.

  2. My husband died of cancer 3 years ago on 22nd November 2009 in the midst of Westmead Hospital changing the Palliative Care unit to be part of the Cancer unit and he as one doctor said “slipped through the cracks”. We his family did not know what to do to help him apart from give him all our love, but thankfully in the last 2 weeks of his life the Baulkham Hills Palliative Care unit came to our assistance and made his last days at home, where he died more supportive and caring. Westmead Hospital doctors were telephoning me demanding my husband die in hopital but he just wanted to be at home with his family around and that is exactly what he did because I was not going to be bullied by doctors and go against my husband’s wishes. The Palliative Care unit were just like Angels and they spoke with my husband and the family and we all felt at peace even though we did not want to lose him it was wonderful knowing we were doing what he wanted and that was to die at home.
    my name is Helen Blundell and my email address is dhb_24@bigpond.net.au and I would like to support your petition even though the closing date has passed.

    • Dear Helen,

      Thank you for sharing your story and for your support for the campaign. We are still collecting signatures so you are very welcome to contribute to the campaign.

      Best wishes, Jessica

  3. We are in desperate need for a palliative care nurse in Cootamundra in rural NSW. We have community nursing staff that do a fantastic job but this is only in the hours of 0700 to 1500 Monday to Friday. Our base hospital in Wagga Wagga does not have one palliative care bed… if you ask me this is an outrage as their is no privacy for the patient or family at their time of need….. It is imperative that more funds are available for the rural areas in NSW….

    • Dear Sherrie, As you can easily see, I have been terribly bad at answering comments on the website. I will do better. I realise that we are Facebook Friends & so appreciate your help there with sharing things. Now I have read and taken in what you wrote here and you will know of course that I visited Wagga recently and spoke to lots of people and got an Ambassador’s for palliative care group going. You may know some of them – Carl Cooper – a pharmacist in Wagga, Kevin Foley, a solicitor and Ted Shaw, Emeritus Prof of Agriculture. They have been joined by Crag Hesketh who you may know has been very active trying to improve the situation of more PC beds for Wagga. I am pushing HARD for more specialist PC. nurses for the Murrumbidgee LHD and am hoping to convincer the LHD of the need to have a palliative specialist physician. Would you be prepared to email me so that we could tap more about Cootamundra. I am planning letters to the Local Member – is it Adrian Piccoli for Cootamundra? I’ll message you with my email address. Warmest regards, Yvonne

  4. Palliative care was a God send when my father passed away from terminal cancer. These nurses are true Angels

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Jodie, and sincere apologies for taking so long to reply. I am so pleased they you had such great help from palliative care. Can you tell me what area that was? Palliative care certainly is a godsend when it is available. We just have to be sure that it is available all over NSW and everywhere it is needed – at home, in aged care facilities and in acute hospitals. I’ll keep up with replies now. Warmest regards and thanks, Yvonne

  5. We are all going to die eventually, but the process for some of us is for how long, how painful and the care we get before we have release into Enternity, is the question? Sign for you and your loved ones…..

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