I’m proud to announce that on 17 October, Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care was launched! I have been working closely with my co-chair Ms Margaret Quirk MLA to facilitate this great initiative, which has members across both houses and from both major parties.
The aims of the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care are:
- to facilitate communication between people and organisations working in palliative care and Members of Parliament;
- to provide opportunities for Members of Parliament to learn about palliative care needs and services and the issues involved in palliative care provision;
- to increase awareness and raise the profile of palliative care in the community generally; and
- to promote an understanding of palliative care in accordance with the World Health Organisation’s definition of palliative care, noting in particular that palliative care “intends neither to hasten or postpone death”, and that this definition of palliative care has been endorsed by Palliative Care Australia and Palliative Care WA.
I look forward to working with the group to achieve these aims over this term in Parliament!
L-R: Dr Graham Jacobs MLA, Ms Margaret Quirk MLA, guest speaker Dr Anil Tandon and Hon Nick Goiran MLC.