Patients and their families now have greater access to support thanks an extension of Queensland’s palliative care helpline, PalAssist.
The service, operated by Cancer Council Queensland, is now being offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week extending the services which were previously offered 9am to 5pm, five days a week
Health Minister Cameron Dick officially launched the extended services today.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with the Cancer Council Queensland to deliver an expanded PalAssist helpline service.
“Under this new arrangement the PalAssist helpline will now be available to patients, families and carers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
This is a no cost telephone and online service which offers immediate advice and emotional support for patients, carers, family and friends.
Mr Dick said the Queensland Government was committed to supporting patients and their families during what could be an extremely difficult time.
“The extended service will provide empathetic and accurate information, referral, advice and psychological support for people with a life limiting or terminal illness or condition and their families and carers,” Mr Dick said.
“Qualified and trained staff will be on hand at all times to take calls.”
PalAssist is a free service, now available to Queenslanders 24 hours, seven days a week, on 1800 772 273 or palassist.org.au.
The Queensland Government provided funding of $1.8 Million over three years to Cancer Council Queensland to deliver statewide service.
Queensland’s Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee is calling on businesses, organisations and members of the public to contribute to its current inquiry into the adequacy of existing financial protections for Queensland’s seniors.
The deadline for written submissions is Friday, 31 May 2015, ahead of a scheduled public hearing at Parliament House on Wednesday, 3 June 2015.
Committee Chair Ms Leanne Donaldson MP, Member for Bundaberg, and Deputy Chair Mr Mark McArdle MP, Member for Caloundra, said early public consultation with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, the Queensland Police Service, and the Queensland Elder Abuse Prevention Unit had highlighted a wide range of vulnerabilities and issues for the Committee’s consideration.
“In the midst of National Consumer Fraud Week, we have received evidence of a concerning incidence of a range of consumer scams and exploitative frauds perpetrated against our seniors, and significant underreporting of many of these crimes,” Ms Donaldson said.
“These reports are particularly troublesome considering seniors represent a large and growing proportion of our population and also have reduced scope to recover from such events, given their limited capacity for income generation post-retirement.”
Deputy Chair Mr McArdle MP said the Committee welcomed submissions in relation to any of the Committee’s terms of reference, which include:
the current levels of financial literacy of seniors and how they can be improved, for example by education programs;
what support and advice is available to assist seniors with their independent financial decision-making;
online and internet based vulnerabilities and the prevalence and vulnerabilities and the prevalence and vulnerability of seniors to scams;
agencies and organisations that provide advice and support to seniors requiring financial protections; and
the financial sector’s role in ensuring adequate safeguards for seniors in relation to financial decision-making.
“Strategies to enhance support for the state’s seniors are vital for ensuring their fiscal protection and supporting their significant contributions to society during later life,” Mr McArdle said.
Further information is available on the Committee’s webpage:
This week in Parliament we reported on our first three months in Government. It’s early days, but looking back, I think we’ve made real progress. A really good summary of what we’ve already achieved so far can be viewed here.
Also this week, the new Palaszczuk Government has delivered on many of our other election commitments. Not the least was getting rid of the LNPs excessive pay rises for politicians.
This means they can’t get wage rises that are higher than a nurse, a police officer or a teacher. That’s only fair!
The Queensland Parliament is considering a bill that will restore the rights at work that people in Queensland lost under the Newman government.
Without a change to the law, we can’t get back the basic protections like job security that should be a right for the people who deliver services to Queensland’s communities.
Many locally based government workers have already spoken with me about the Bill and the http://www.bringonthevote.org.au/ campaign.
This is an important reform because it means better services for all Queenslanders, so take action today: let the Parliament know that we want the Newman government’s laws changed and replaced with a bill that protects the basic rights we all have.
The Queensland Government has today released consultation maps of proposed net-free fishing zones at Cairns, Mackay and Yeppoon/Rockhampton.
“We went to the state election with a commitment to establish net-free zones at Trinity Bay, Cairns, St Helens Beach to Cape Hillsborough, North of Mackay and Yeppoon/Keppel Bay/Fitzroy River, Capricorn Coast,” Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Sport and Racing, Bill Byrne MP said.
“We are on track to implement these zones by the end of the year. Having completed a first round of targeted industry stakeholder consultation we now want to include the community on the proposed boundaries for each zone.
Member for Cairns Rob Pyne said the Palaszczuk Government had released a fact sheet for each proposed zone, which provides details about current commercial net fishing in the zones as well as a map indicating the proposed boundaries. Pyne said, “I am so pleased Trinity Bay and the Inlet will be free from commercial nets, this will only enhance opportunities for local recreational fishers.”
“These boundaries will give the FarNorth community a better understanding of the areas involved,” he said.
“We’re keen to receive public feedback before any final decision is made.”
Minister Byrne said ideas already put forward include aligning the zones to existing boundaries wherever possible, such as those for dugong protection near St Helens, and reducing the size of the Rockhampton/Yeppoon zone to areas critical for recreational fishing.”
The comments period will close on Monday 15 June.
For more information on the proposed zones, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.’