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Prestigious lecture to address Indigenous palliative care

Author: Anna Manzoney
06 August 2015
  • Alice Springs-based Dr Sally Banfield has spent two years studying end-of-life care for Indigenous Australians

Rural general practice registrar Dr Sally Banfield will present this year’s Ian Maddocks Lecture at September’s Australian Palliative Care conference in Melbourne.

The lecture is delivered at the biennial conference by a person under the age of 40 working or studying in the field of palliative care, who is judged to have submitted the best abstract.

Alice Springs-based Dr Banfield will use the Ian Maddocks lecture to make the first presentation of outcomes from her two year project to explore end-of-life care for Indigenous Australians.

Dr Banfield said that over half the palliative care services in central Australia were provided to patients who identify as Aboriginal people; between 20 and 30 per cent of all cases occurred in very remote locations, commonly Aboriginal communities or outstations.

She said that she would be giving more detail at the conference. However, the major barriers her team found to providing a good and relevant palliative care service were the distances involved and differences in infrastructure from community to community.

“Family and community staff were crucial to the process and, even though it was often difficult to organise, the research has highlighted that by working together, Indigenous palliative care patients can ‘return to country’ for end of life care,” she said.

Dr Banfield is speaking at the conference in Melbourne on Thursday 3 September, 2015.

Further information is available on the conference website.

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