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An inquiry by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs into palliative care in Australia has resulted in a submission calling for improved services.
The Hunter New England Local Health District has responded to the Senate inquiry by highlighting the shortfalls in palliative care services in their local region in New South Wales. The District service recommended a strategy to address the needs of the Hunter region's ageing population, noting that there are no culturally appropriate services currently available to Indigenous people.
Provision of after hours care is not possible due to lack of staff, and there is no other service such as a dedicate telephone hotline to provide urgent information.
Submissions to the Senate responding to the inquiry closed in March 2012, with an expected report due in September. A total of 123 submissions were received by the Senate on the issue of palliative care in Australia.
Source: ABC News and Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs
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