World Cancer Day

THURSDAY is World Cancer Day and the Cancer Council’s Sarah Royall said it was a timely moment to urge the State Government to ensure every person across NSW with a life-limiting cancer has access to specialist palliative care.

“We can do more to improve the quality of life of patients, carers and their families facing a life-limiting cancer diagnosis,” Ms Royall said.

“The Government has acknowledged there are gaps in palliative care services in regional, rural and remotes areas of NSW, and for Aboriginal people.

“While several programs have indeed been funded since 2012, the number of palliative physicians and nurses across NSW remains below recommended levels.”

“The Cancer Council is urging the NSW Government to provide funding for an extra 19 full time palliative physicians, enough palliative nurses to meet community need, and culturally-appropriate palliative care services for Aboriginal people.”

For more information on how you can help campaign for palliative care visit www.cancercouncil.com.au/get-involved/campaign-with-us.