Blue Care (part of UnitingCare QLD) has been awarded the palliative care tender from Queensland Health to deliver in-home palliative care to people in regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland.
In a joint statement, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced that Blue Care has won the tender to deliver care across 9 hospitals and health services in regional Queensland.
“Blue Care had a proven record as a palliative care provider, with the capability to operate in regional, rural and remote areas,” Ms D’Ath said.
“This $55 million will fund new community-based palliative care initiatives to increase home-based and after-hours care across 9 hospitals and health services.
“We want to ensure Queenslanders can exercise genuine choice at end of life and die with dignity,” she said.
The introduction of in-home palliative care services will allow patients the peace of mind to be cared for in the comfort of their own homes.
Commencing from October, Blue Care will be delivering in-home palliative care through the hospital-at-home program in the following regional areas:
- Wide Bay
- Cairns and Hinterland
- North West
- Central West
- Central Queensland
- Darling Downs
- South West
“This $55 million will fund new community-based palliative care initiatives to increase home-based and after-hours care across nine hospitals and health services.
“Blue Care will provide holistic palliative care including home care support, bereavement and support services, telehealth and on-call and 24/7 nursing care, depending on the stage of a person’s illness and the care needed as they approach the end of life,” Ms D’Ath said.
Cathy Thomas, Group Executive of Aged Care & Community Services at UnitingCare said “we are proud to be able to expand our palliative care services, alongside Queensland Health.”
“Every Queenslander deserves the peace of mind to be able to receive quality palliative care in the comfort of their own home.”