The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia is currently working with a lead pharmacist (or ‘champion’) in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, and Goulburn regions to facilitate timely access to appropriate end of life medicines by having these medicines readily available in pharmacies.
This free initiative provides training for community pharmacists regarding symptom management, core palliative care medicine lists, and other resources. Pharmacy networks will strengthen the palliative care multidisciplinary team and enhance care coordination.
A partnership between La Trobe University and Palliative Care NSW is bringing a public health approach to palliative and end of life care in South Eastern NSW.
Capacity Help is a free program which aims to increase community awareness of the supports and services available in relation to loss, ageing, dying, and grief. It seeks to improve collaboration between health providers, not-for-profit organisations, volunteers, and government, with a focus on demystifying death.
Waminda, the South Coast Women's Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, provides a free community-based palliative and end of life care program aiming to improve coordinated care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Shoalhaven.
The program strengthens capacity through training and credentialing three Aboriginal health workers in palliative and end of life care, and provides resources to communities and their health care workers. Find out more.
The Consumer and Carer Relief at End of Life – Phase 2 (CCREOL) is a joint initiative between Palliative Care NSW, Southern NSW Local Health District, and COORDINARE. This free service aims to support consumers and carers at end of life by developing volunteer-based support in the Southern NSW region.
A Palliative Care volunteer service has recently been established at Snowy Monaro Regional Council and the Palliative Care Eurobodalla Volunteer Service. Find out more.
COORDINARE has partnered with Palliative Aged Care Consultancy Services (PACCS) to help Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in South Eastern NSW provide free palliative care for their residents.
A Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) facilitates Needs Rounds to RACFs on a regular basis. The Needs Round is a specific meeting with the key staff of the RACF and the PACCS Clinical Nurse Consultant to discuss the residents and their needs. Find out more.
Dr Sue Rainsford from Australian National University (ANU) is currently piloting the use of case conferencing in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to enhance end of life care in Cooma, Berridale, and Bombala.
Dr Rainsford is supporting RACFs by conducting regular Needs Rounds and working with staff to identify residents who are approaching end of life.
The Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra (MCCI) promotes advance care planning to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds through their 'Think, Talk, Record' approach.
MCCI currently supports CALD communities and the service providers working with CALD communities in the Illawarra region. The long-term vision is to extend the 'Think, Talk, Record' approach into other South Eastern NSW regions, including Bega, Cooma, Goulburn, and Queanbeyan. Find out more.
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