To recognise National Palliative Care Week, which runs from 21 – 28 May, the Lismore Base Hospital and Richmond Specialist Palliative Care Services are running an information stall in the foyer of Lismore Base Hospital each day from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
“Palliative Care is designed to manage pain and improve symptoms of people towards the end of their lives. It’s an integral part of a patient’s journey, and it can make all the difference to a patient’s quality of life in those last weeks, months or years,” Lismore Base Hospital Palliative Care Specialist, Dr Ken Marr, said.
National Palliative Care Week is an annual event supported by NSW Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.
This year the theme is “You matter, your care matters. Palliative Care can make a difference.”
The Richmond Specialist Palliative Care Service works to deliver palliative care in the community through aged care facilities in collaboration with general practitioners and aged care staff.
“Aged care services are a key part of ensuring that people cared for by them have a positive end-of-life experience. They are vital in ensuring that there is collaboration between the palliative care sector and their staff,” Joanne Cooper, Lismore Community Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant, said.
During May, the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) has been running a range of activities designed to encourage people to talk and learn about the important issues of death and dying.
In addition to the information stall at Lismore Base Hospital, similar stalls are also being set up this week at Grafton and Maclean Hospitals, and Community Health centres in the Clarence Valley.
Earlier this month, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams, visited Lismore to host a Palliative Care Round Table on improving end-of-life care in Northern NSW.
For more information on National Palliative Care Week visit http://palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week/
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