Palliative Care Information Day

May 7, 2012 Nicolette 2 comments

I recently attended a Palliative Care information day at my local hospital. It was pitched at Healthcare Professionals who work in hospitals and aged care facilities. It was a very informative day and dispelled many of my misconceptions as to what palliative care is and what it offers.
Firstly it is not just for people with cancer, it is available for anyone who has a terminal condition and dementia was classed as a terminal condition.
Secondly, it is not only for when there is no other medical intervention available, there are options.
To quote the Palliative Care Australia  information pamphlet:
“The goal is to improve the quality of life for patients, their families and carers by providing care that addresses the many needs patients, families and carers have such as physical (treatment of pain & other symptoms), emotional, social, cultural and spiritual.The aim is to help the person live as well as possible.”
“When people are well-informed, participate in treatment decisions and communicate openly with their health professionals, they help make their care as effective as possible.”
There are Palliative Care Associations in every Australian city and Silver chain offer palliative care in the home.

2 Comments on “Palliative Care Information Day

  1. So appreciative of your site, and spreading the word on palliative care. Research is showing us that terminally patients are living weeks longer with better quality of life when opting for hospice and palliative care.

    1. Thank you for your comment and support of my work. Palliative Care is a much needed service and yes can provide a better quality of life.

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