Palliative Care in the Barwon South Western Region
Barwon South Western Region Palliative Care Consortium believes everyone with a life-limiting illness deserves access to quality palliative care and support that is innovative and meets their needs.
The Geelong-based consortium, which includes the six major palliative care providers across the region, is committed to ensuring this happens by working to continually develop and improve palliative care services for the residents of Victoria’s Barwon and South West.
The service providers deliver a wide range of coordinated care and support in a variety of environments, including people’s homes, within their community, as well as hospitals and hospices.
Multi-disciplinary teams take a holistic approach with a strong focus on helping the patient achieve the best quality of life possible. The consortium strongly supports the principle of clients making informed decisions about care options and management, including the vital choice of where they want to receive that care.
While the client is central, the consortium and its agency members also provide support services in other areas, including grief and bereavement for family and carers of people living with life-limiting illnesses, recognising that they play a key role in the palliative care pathway.
The consortium offers a range of resources, education and training for health professionals and information for prospective volunteers. It keeps people (patients, families, carers and health professionals) up-to-date with the latest palliative care news and events and provides easy links to quality organisations where people can access further information on palliative and hospice care.
The consortium views respectful relationships with clients and their families as an important part of delivering quality services and building strong, caring communities.
“We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians, Gunditjmara and Wadawurrung community elders, both past and present who have been integral in this region’s history.”
– Barwon South Western Region Palliative Care Consortium