NSW Cancer Council launches palliative care pledge in Orange

PLEDGED: Cancer Council's Ricky Puata, Push for Palliative's Sue Duchnaj, Fran Breitnauer and Push for Palliative's Tracy Wilkinson. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA
PLEDGED: Cancer Council's Ricky Puata, Push for Palliative's Sue Duchnaj, Fran Breitnauer and Push for Palliative's Tracy Wilkinson. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA

The NSW Cancer Council have pledged to support palliative care during a campaign launch in Summer Street on Monday.

The Cancer Council wants the state government to fund 10 full-time palliative care specialists and 129 nurses, as well as culturally-specific care for Aboriginal people.

They want to support their pledge with 10,000 signatures with the help of Push for Palliative volunteers.

“It’s not just a major issue in Orange but across the state, otherwise the Cancer Council would not have taken up the cause,” Orange’s Push for Palliative president Tracy Wilkinson said.

Mrs Wilkinson said the Cancer Council’s campaign supported the grass-roots push which had started in Orange.

To pledge support for palliative care you can visit a Cancer Council office and their website. Mrs Wilkinson said Push for Palliative volunteers will be out in March to add 2000 signatures to their own petition.