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Nova Scotia to spend $1 million for first year of palliative care strategy

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HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has announced $1 million for the first year of a new strategy to improve palliative care.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says the goal is move toward a more integrated approach with health professionals and community organizations and to focus more on patients' end of life needs.

The strategy includes the establishment of an advisory committee to guide its implementation.

A provincial palliative care co-ordinator will also be hired along with additional palliative care team members in South Shore, Annapolis Valley and Capital district health authorities this year.

Funding will also go to the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association to begin educating the public and care providers on the importance of advance planning when a patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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