Queensland’s end-of-life funding falls short by millions, says AMAQ

Professor Perry said that worked out to $28.5 million a year, far short of the recommended figure of $277 million put forward by advocacy group Palliative Care Queensland.

“So they talk about [voluntary assisted dying] legislation … in countries which have these laws, only about 2 per cent of people are really into the cold decision to have a doctor help them take their lives,” he said.

“Everyone says they want a pain-free and dignified death, well for 98 per cent of people that’s a properly funded palliative care system.”

Announcing the extra funding in October, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Steven Miles said caring for Queenslanders at the end of their lives was one of the most important responsibilities a government could have.

“We will invest $102.5 million to employ more frontline palliative care staff and invest $54.8 million for community-based service providers to deliver home-based hospice care,” Mr Miles said.

“This means more Queenslanders will be able to have their wish of spending their last days at home.

“The parliamentary inquiry into palliative and end-of-life care informed this important funding announcement.”


In its submission to the parliamentary inquiry, the AMAQ said it officially did not support euthanasia legislation, although it acknowledged diverse views were held within its membership.

Professor Perry said the AMAQ would continue to press the government on a number of the other priorities on its list.

In particular, he said members wanted more detail about how the government’s proposed network of satellite hospitals would work, who would staff them and the timeline for them being built.

Professor Perry said the AMAQ also wanted the government to do more to support young doctors, especially in the wake of a damning survey of working conditions released by the association in the final week of the campaign.

Mr Miles played down the report at the time, saying he was aware of “culture issues” within Queensland hospitals, but that his department was working to change that culture.

Professor Perry said that change was needed soon.

“We had reports that within two hours of us putting out our media release, junior doctors at hospitals were told that despite what management had said previously, they could start claiming overtime,” he said.

“That didn’t come from Steven Miles saying it, it came from the AMAQ highlighting it.”

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