Making a Difference - Toowoomba Hospice
April 30, 2019
Toowoomba Hospice is making a difference by improving the quality of life for local patients with life-limiting illnesses.
The community-funded holistic hospice is one of only a few services available that provide no cost end of life care in Toowoomba and the wider Darling Downs.
Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN provides funding to the Toowoomba Hospice to support the employment of suitably qualified staff, including a registered nurse and personal care worker, to give high quality clinical care and support to patients and their families.
Without the Toowoomba Hospice, these patients and their families have no other means of funding this care at the most vulnerable time in their life.
As a result of ongoing community support and funding from the PHN, Toowoomba Hospice were recently able to provide end of life care to a couple who had been together for more than 40 years.
In their words:
“We recently had the privilege of caring for a couple who had been together for more than 40 years, who were both terminal, diagnosed independently. Both partners were very concerned about the other’s journey."
"The female was admitted first and then later her partner. The staff enabled them to spend their last moments together in each other’s arms.
"Our Pastoral Care team were also able to perform a small memorial ceremony for the family for the first partner who passed away, to enable the remaining partner to bravely attend, even though it was physically very challenging. It was a very sacred precious event, and I feel honoured we were able to provide opportunity for this.” Toowoomba Hospice.
Our PHN supports a number of providers who provide palliative in our communities to improve conditions for families and patients during this very difficult time. To find out more about these providers, and where they service, see our services map.
Left to right: PHN Program Officer Francene Bain and Eugenie Corbett, Graham Barron from Toowoomba Hospice.
2019 National Palliative Care Week
May 19 – 25 will mark the 2019 National Palliative Care Week, a national week supported by the Department of Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.
The theme for National Palliative Care Week 2019 is ‘What matters most?’, addressing the need for Australians to plan ahead for their end-of-life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals.
Resources are available for health professionals, community members and their family to assist with starting the conversation around end of life care HERE
Top Image: Left to right: PHN Program Officer Francene Bain and Eugenie Corbett, Graham Barron from Toowoomba Hospice.