The Commonwealth Government has allocated $2.6 million to assist 187 palliative care services to upgrade their equipment.

The money will be used to purchase syringe drivers to assist with pain management in palliative care.

The funds will go to hospitals, aged care facilities, hospice services and community organisations.

“The Rudd Government is committed to promoting nationally consistent standards and high quality care through the National Palliative Care Program,” said the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot.

“This equipment replacement program is assisting specialist palliative care services replace out-of-date equipment with equipment that meets the national standard.”

The government funding comes after the Therapeutic Goods Administration deemed that a number of syringe drivers were no longer compliant with standards and ruled that they were to be phased out.

“This equipment replacement program is assisting specialist palliative care services replace out-of-date equipment with equipment that meets the national standard,” said Mrs Elliot.

The equipment replacement program is being managed by Palliative Care Australia (PCA), the peak body for palliative care services.

Services will still be able to choose the brand or model that best suits their needs.

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