Palliative care to be boosted with additional physician to based in Tamworth

LITTLE VICTORY: Mitch Williams and Lucy Haslam started the fight close to two years ago. Photo: Barry Smith
LITTLE VICTORY: Mitch Williams and Lucy Haslam started the fight close to two years ago. Photo: Barry Smith

An additional specialist palliative care physician will be working out of Tamworth.

It comes after close to two years of campaigning from Tamworth advocates Mitch Williams and Lucy Haslam, who lost loved ones to cancer, who have fought to improve the level of end-of-life care in the New England North West.

The position is yet to be filled.

Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said it a significant announcement and it would boost services in town and across the region.

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Mr Anderson said the community advocacy played a role in securing the position for Tamworth.

“It’s very important to have community input in critical areas like this,” he said.

The position comes under the state government’s $100 million funding pledge to improve palliative care in the state.

More to come.