Terminally ill Tasmanians will be able to die at home when a 24-hour palliative care program is launched statewide.
Not-for-profit organisation The District Nurses will receive $38 million from the federal government over three years to run the program, which it plans to start this year or next year.
Chief executive Kim Macgowan said the free program would provide a personally tailored mix of home visits, telephone support, equipment and e-health initiatives.
``It's a program of wrap-around care, which means that we, in consultation with the patient and their family, establish what it is that the family needs to be able to keep their loved one at home, and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions,'' Ms Macgowan said.
Ms Macgowan said the organisation would open offices in Launceston and Burnie, and hire about 100 registered nurses, allied health and community support workers over the three years.
She said the organisation was busy ``mapping out'' the state's palliative care needs before it launched the service.
Friends of the Northern Hospice spokeswoman Barb Baker said she welcomed the new service, but did not think it lessened the need for a hospice in Launceston.
``We're delighted by any increase in palliative care services in the state . . . but a high percentage of people in Launceston live on their own, and it would be difficult for them to receive end-of-life care at home,'' Ms Baker said.
``Launceston still needs more palliative care beds, and a hospice.''
Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne told a budget estimates hearing in June that the four funded beds at Launceston's Calvary St Luke's campus were enough to meet demand, with palliative care moving towards a predominantly hospital-without-walls model.