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Helping dying patients say goodbye

“You need to know you’re leaving before you can say goodbye.” These poignant words from a patient illustrate how vital it is to constantly improve end of life care, as Blacktown Hospital has endeavoured to achieve with a recent project. The project, ‘It Takes a Team’, brought together nursing and medical staff from cardiology and [...]

By |2019-08-07T14:26:36+11:00August 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Western Sydney community forum to discuss supportive and palliative care 17th October

17th October 2018, Blacktown. After a successful event in 2017 the Mount Druitt Hospital Supportive & Palliative Care team are holding another community forum to raise awareness about end of life care and their services. This year the event is being held in October to coincide with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2018. Organisers [...]

By |2018-09-12T12:03:25+11:00September 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

What Matters Most: Policy challenges for palliative care in NSW

Director Supportive and Palliative Medicine for Western Sydney LHD Dr Sally Greenaway spoke at the Palliative Care NSW Professional Education Day Forum about ‘what matters most’ in policy challenges facing palliative care. She highlighted 3 themes currently influencing policy development: (1) ensuring that everyone has access to palliative care, (2) the aspirational goal that ‘everyone [...]

By |2018-05-29T09:12:45+11:00May 29th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Nepean and Blue Mountains 29th Annual Supportive and Palliative Care Conference

The Nepean and Blue Mountains Local Health District has a fabulous line up of speakers for their annual conference. This year the theme is all about shaping supportive and palliative care and it is being held on Friday 1 June in Penrith. Included in the program will be Prof. Paul Glare from the Pain Management [...]

By |2018-04-19T14:09:04+11:00April 19th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Save the Date! Palliative Care Community Forum at Blacktown

Event postponed - Now planned for 17th October Western Sydney LHD are holding a Palliative Care Community Forum at the Blacktown Workers Club on the 23rd May 2018. This year's theme includes discussions around end of life planning and advance care plans. Speakers are being finalised so stay tuned for more details! What: Palliative Care [...]

By |2018-05-14T14:46:29+11:00April 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Celebrating 20 roaring years at Mt Druitt SPCU

Chances are you weren’t around in the 1920s. Nor was the Mt Druitt Supportive and Palliative Care Unit. But it sure was in 1998, and the folk at the Mt Druitt SPCU are holding a ‘Roaring 20’s Soiree’ to celebrate their 20th birthday. The organisers have opened invitations to anyone who is interested so please spread [...]

By |2018-03-14T15:38:51+11:00March 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Forum on Spirituality and Reflective Practice – Western Sydney event date change!

Note new date: Monday 16th April 2018, 0930-1200, Mt Druitt Hub 9 Ayers Grove, Mt Druitt Spirituality is a fundamental element of human experience that encompasses an individual's search for meaning and purpose in life and their experience of the transcendent. In this forum Kate Englebrecht will discuss spirituality in the context of caring for [...]

By |2018-03-09T15:00:48+11:00March 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Beyond The Lamp: What does Silver Chain’s social impact investment mean for NSW?

The latest December-January edition of The Lamp, the magazine of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, has raised serious concerns about the integrity of the Silver Chain Group’s move into community palliative care in Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD). The arrangement means that Western Sydney LHD patients are transitioned to Silver Chain Group’s community [...]

By |2019-05-06T11:38:02+11:00December 22nd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Transforming practice around the ‘vital signs’ of palliative care

Anne May is Clinical Nurse Educator at the Mt Druitt Supportive and Palliative Care Unit, the only dedicated inpatient facility with interdisciplinary palliative care service delivery within the Western Sydney LHD. She identified a need to revise and improve reporting against the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) tools. In part this was the result of [...]

By |2017-09-11T18:24:21+11:00September 8th, 2017|News|1 Comment

NSW Health, Silver Chain Group bring in-home palliative care support to western Sydney

Clinicians in Western Sydney Local Health District have for years delivered high quality community palliative care to patients and families, with in-reach to local residential aged care facilities. Under a recent agreement these community services will be delivered through a partnership between Western Sydney Local Health District and the Silver Chain Group. The following story [...]

By |2017-07-14T16:20:08+11:00July 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments