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More than $60 million for new projects that will help improve quality and access to palliative care has been pledged by the government.

The funding announced includes $45.4 million through the National Palliative Care Projects grants initiative for 12 projects that will help people on their final journey, and their families, with end of life care.

The funding comes as palliative care demand in Australia widens, along with public discussion around making provisions for end of life care.

While the need for palliative care can affect people at any age, Australia’s ageing population and a rise in chronic and incurable illnesses has seen an increase in palliative care service provision.

One of the recipients of the funding, Palliative Care Australia (PCA), will receive a $5.5 million grant to continue its sector leading work promoting quality end of life care for all.

“This funding will support PCA to continue its national leadership in the palliative care sector by administering the National Palliative Care Standards and Assessment Program, providing resources to services and advising government, PCA CEO Liz Callaghan said.

“PCA will also continue to lead the National Policy Advisory Committee to advise governments and services about best practice palliative care and inform them of innovation in the sector.

“The funding also supports PCA’s Dying to Talk initiative that supports the community to talk about their end of life wishes as well as developing new resources for healthcare professionals, carers, patients and families.

The funding will also help other areas of palliative care including research.