As part of National Palliative Care Week 24 -30 May, 2020, the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is highlighting the importance of the theme for this year; “Palliative Care… It's more than you think".
WNSWLHD Chief Executive Scott McLachlan said, “There is still a belief by parts of the community that palliative care is only for the dying, but the reality is palliative care can help people with life-limiting illnesses to live as well as possible, for as long as possible – supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs".
“We want people with a life limiting illness, to get the support they need from our staff, so they can live life to the full".
Palliative Care in the WNSWLHD is provided by a range of facilities, services, specialist teams and generalist clinicians.
Services offered by palliative care will differ for each person, but may include:
- Symptom management, including pain, shortness of breath and nausea.
- The provision of equipment to support care in the home.
- Support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns.
- Referral and linkages to other services including help at home and financial support.
- Support for people to meet cultural obligations
“Palliative care is a family-centred model of care, meaning that family and carers can receive practical and emotional support".
More information regarding National Palliative Care Week is available at https://palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week-2020
“If you think you, a friend or relative would benefit from Palliative Care, please contact your local Health Service to find out how you can access these services" said Mr McLachlan.