Palliative Care week recognises those who care when we need it most

Guy Barnett, Minister for Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Guy Barnett, said Palliative Care week is about providing care and support for Tasmanians and their families when they need it most.

Following the huge success of round one, the Tasmanian Department of Health is again partnering with Flinders University to offer scholarships for staff to study either a Certificate in palliative care or Specialist Certificate in palliative care.

“Palliative care workers bring so much more than just clinical skill, they bring compassion, comfort, support and empathy when Tasmanians and their loved ones need it most,” Minister Barnett said.

“I want to offer my sincere thanks for the incredible work that Tasmania’s palliative care workers undertake each and every day and to recognise their selfless commitment.

“These scholarships show how serious our Government is about investing in our health workforce and delivering our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future.

“In the first round, 82 Tasmanian Health Service staff including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals were awarded scholarships.

“Importantly, these new scholarships will ensure greater distribution of critical palliative capability across the State and the health system, particularly in rural and remote areas.

“The Government is also supporting Palliative Care Tasmania with $4.25 million in funding over four years so that they can continue to provide education and raise awareness about palliative care in our community.

“I want to thank Palliative Care Tasmania for the wonderful work that they do and the services that they provide, it is greatly appreciated.”

The Department of Health provides full funding for both the Certificate in Palliative Care $1,200 +GST and Speclialist Certificate in Palliative Care $3,400 +GST.

Applications for Tasmanian Health Service staff open 27 May 2024 and close on 16 June 2024.

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