Pathway for palliative care
Barwon South Western Region Palliative Care Consortium and the six health organisations it comprises are here to help you during your palliative care journey. Staff can guide you through questions about palliative care and hospice care, what support services are available and how to access that help. Your GP is also a focal starting point.
Palliative care can be part of your support program from early in a diagnosis of a wide range of life-threatening illnesses including cancer, motor neurone disease and other end-stage diseases. It can go hand in hand with active treatments such as chemotherapy and can play a pivotal role in supporting you, family members and carers during management of your illness.
People can receive the care in a range of environments including their own homes, aged-care facilities, hospitals or hospices.
It’s important to know support is out there – for both clients and carers. You are not alone. There are many health professionals who come together in palliative care environments with the goal of improving a client’s quality of life and supporting those around them.
For people with a life-threatening illness, either at the beginning of their journey or near the end, having a dedicated team to help manage your symptoms and pain, help you plan your care pathway and enhance your quality of life is critical.
For carers, who are quite often family, knowing there is a support network of professionals and trained volunteers out there to give you practical support including respite is a comfort and relief.
From specialist palliative care staff to GPs, allied health professionals to highly-trained volunteers who provide support and carer respite, they are all part of the Palliative Care team that covers the Barwon South Western Region.
Please contact the consortium if you need more information.
The World Health Organisation’s palliative care definition is: “An approach that improves the quality of life of individuals and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.”…
Support across Geelong and the South West The consortium’s member health agencies within the Barwon South Western Region offer a wide range of palliative and hospice care services for people with life-threatening illnesses, their families and carers. From people wanting to receive palliative care within their own home, to those in an inpatient environment, expert…