Health Service Gaps: Palliative Care a Priority for Mackay

The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia), October 5, 2020 | Go to article overview

Health Service Gaps: Palliative Care a Priority for Mackay


Byline: Melanie Whiting, melanie.whiting@news.com.au

That is the message local residents have sent loud and clear to our politicians and political hopefuls in the lead up to the Queensland State Election.

The Daily Mercury recently ran a poll asking our readers to have a say on the top projects and initiatives they wanted our politicians to secure for their region.

A call for a dedicated palliative care unit in Mackay came in third place to the Mackay Waterfront and Mirani Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail, with 9 per cent of the votes or 62 votes.

Thanks to your votes, the Mercury will advocate for our politicians and political hopefuls to commit to delivering this project in the lead up to the October state election.

What is the background of the issue?

Palliative care, as defined by Palliative Care Australia, is the care that helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

While palliative care differs based on personal needs, it can include relief of pain and other symptoms, emotional and spiritual support, counselling and grief help. …

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