Queensland Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Aged Care, Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying will hold its first public hearing outside of Brisbane in Caloundra on 3 May 2019

Mark McArdle, State Member for Caloundra and Deputy Chair of the Health Committee and Marty Hunt, State Member for Nicklin and Health Committee Member today announced that the Parliamentary Committee conducting hearings into aged care, palliative care and voluntary assisted dying will hold their first regional hearing on:

3rd of May at the CCSA Hall in Nutley St, Caloundra commencing at 10.30am.

“The committee will be conducting extensive hearings across the State but Caloundra is the first regional venue at which evidence will be taken on aged care, palliative care and voluntary assisted dying,” Mr McArdle said.

“Evidence will be taken directly from members of the public at the hearing with all evidence being transcribed by Hansard then used by committee members to formulate their final report which is due to be tabled in Parliament house on the 30th November 2019.

“It is important that people have their say on these very important topics. No one topic is more important than another.”

Mr Hunt said “I would encourage anyone from the Sunshine Coast who is keen to have their voice heard and their statement recorded to attend the hearing”

“The hearing will be formal with people who have already provided submissions to the Committee to be asked to attend. It is also the intention of the Committee to take evidence from other members of the public who attend on the day.

“People who provide evidence will be given an opportunity to state their position on all three, or any of the topics under consideration and then be questioned by members of the Committee to tease out further information which will assist in providing a full understanding of peoples’ experiences and wishes.”

Mr McArdle said “Importantly this is a Committee of the Parliament and formalities concerning the conduct of the meeting will be adhered to. This is so evidence given to the Committee can be recorded by Hansard, identifying those who provide evidence and ensure evidence can be tabulated and provided to the Committee to assist in preparing the final report.”

“It is important people understand that the Committee will gather evidence and provide a final report based on the lived experiences and hopes of the public; the opinions of professional bodies the focus of critical lobby groups,” Mr McArdle concluded.

Members of the public can register their interest to be in the audience or speak as a witness by calling: 07 3553 6626 or 1800 504 022, or online by visting https://qldparlcomm.snapforms.com.au/form/caloundra?fbclid=IwAR0rxPD1fslEo9TBOKL7Akyp8pGItWfwXUKCkD8nWqZjwuxO_cHXBV10htg

The Committees final report will be tabled in State Parliament on or by 30 November 2019.