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Meeting explores demand for palliative care services on NSW mid-north coast

Author: Rob Gill
30 July 2015
  • Judy Hollingworth - firing up discussion on palliative care services for Taree

The Push for Palliative movement in rural New South Wales continues to attract new adherents with the Manning Valley community around Taree and Wingham on the state’s mid-north coast exploring demand for palliative care services.

Locals say they have been inspired by the significant achievements of the Great Lakes Hospice community group in nearby Forster, and the Push for Palliative groups that have been gaining momentum in the state’s central west.

Local resident Judy Hollingworth has organised a meeting for 4 August in Taree with a view to setting up a community support group for local professionals and volunteers working in palliative and end-of-life care – and to meet the needs of the growing number of people seeking palliative care services.

Speakers at the meeting will include local GP Dr Colin Rose OAM, a long-term supporter of palliative-care patients and teams, the woman behind the Push for Palliative movement Dr Yvonne McMaster OAM, and Elizabeth Fisher OAM, President of the nearby Forster community support group Great Lakes Hospice.

Ms Hollingworth is a local palliative care volunteer who is also involved in University of Newcastle research into patient preferences for end-of-life care. The National Health and Medical Research Council and Cancer Council NSW funded research, currently limited to cancer patients, is looking at the issue of effective decision making by the patients, their families or surrogates and oncologists.

Yesterday’s Manning River Times highlighted the response to Ms Hollingworth’s efforts in organising the meeting.

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Lesley Archer FORSTER (RN retired)

Great Lakes Hospice has done a remarkable job for more than twenty years now. Working tirelessly to raise money, (which continues today) on a volunteer basis. Part of their effort is raising money to pay Palliative Care RN's to visit patient's homes after hours and at weekends. People do not stop dying because it is 3am or the weekend! (Hunter Health provides Palliative Care RN's 9-5 Monday to Friday in The Great Lakes (Forster/Tuncurry and surrounding villages). This move has been a long time coming, and there is a lot to do. CONGRATULATIONS to all concerned.

31/07/2015 09:55:56


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