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Palliative care talks about improving life

Palliative Care Week runs from 21-27 May 2023

Three ladies from our palliative care team holding up bags containing information about Advance Care Planning.
Denise Ritchens (Family Care Coordinator), Annmaree Hansen (Registered Nurse) and Sarah Newton (Clinical Nurse Specialist) from our Palliative Care Team armed with bags of information and giveaways available at the kiosk and Apex park.

The Palliative Care team of Northeast Health Wangaratta is asking residents to think about the power of conversation when it comes to matters of life and death during Palliative Care Week.

The NHW Palliative Care team will be at the Murphy Street Kiosk from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday 24 May with the aim to break down taboos about end-of-life discussions.

Palliative Care Coordinator, Denise Ritchens said it was important that palliative care is understood for enhancing quality of life as much as it is providing care and comfort in the final stages.

“Palliative care brings together a team to deliver a person-centered approach to supporting life-limiting illness,” Denise said.

“This includes doctors, nurses, physios, social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, volunteers and many others.”

“We understand that death and dying is a difficult subject, but it is important to talk about it to promote what can be done at different stages to offer support.”

“Whether you are receiving palliative care, looking after someone, or know someone receiving care, we encourage you to share your experience with others and break down the barriers to conversation.”

The NHW Palliative Care team will give general information and Advanced Care Planning information available at the kiosk.

The Palliative Care Team is joining with the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS) to extend their message to the local indigenous community by hosting a lunch and yarn from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Thursday 25 May in Apex Park.

“Palliative care has particular cultural sensitivities for Indigenous communities and we work to ensure our information and engagement is not only responsive to the individual needs, but is culturally appropriate,” Denise said.