Legislative Council: Thursday, July 06, 2023


Mount Gambier In Home Hospice Care

In reply to the Hon. B.R. HOOD ().17 May 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has been advised that:

1. Yes

2. The Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN) has received both compliment and complaint feedback from consumers regarding palliative care services which are addressed at the time of receipt. The LCLHN values the voice of the consumer and reviews all feedback which is received to help improve services. The LCLHN has also been undertaking extensive and inclusive service planning activities which has included consultation with consumers, clinicians and the community across health service sites within the network.

3. Election commitment funding provided to the LCLHN was the equivalent of 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) Registered Nurse Level Four (RN4), with the intention to be utilised for a senior nursing role specifically for palliative care.

As the LCLHN already has a RN4 Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care, this funding was utilised and supplemented to create a 0.8FTE RN3 Palliative Care Consultant nurse position.

This role is now supporting succession planning as well as increasing the reach and capacity of the palliative nursing care able to be provided to the community. This RN3 role has been recruited to and the incumbent has commenced and is currently providing direct clinical nursing care to consumer.