Hospice Herald - August 2018Chair Chat
Several times each year Consumer Forums are held at Hospice. At these round table informal discussions a range of issues regarding palliative care, preparing for dying and quality of hospice services are considered. Community and consumer opinion is very important for the ACH Board as we aim to keep in close touch with community current needs and consumers’ changing preferences and trends. A heart-warming session was held in July where 10 or so locals were informed about ACH’ new strategic plan, “Flourishing Together. Sincere appreciation is extended to all participants for their constructive suggestions and overall endorsement of the plan. Please watch our website for the next advertised forum and come along if you are interested.
A very positive result of our new strategic awareness is modification of the monthly board meeting agenda so that meeting procedure and all items of discussion are aligned to strategic goals. A huge thank you to Sarah-Louise Collins, ACH’ administration officer, for the expertise and thoughtfulness she contributed to achieve the necessary changes.
Often people can be uncomfortable about change, but I feel confident that our Board and staff are adapting well and enthusiastically to Flourishing Together. From my leadership learning I recognise this to be a very positive indication that individual and personal values of board members, volunteers and staff are closely aligned to our organisation’s values.Individually and collectively we aim for:
- Compassion and caring
- Inclusive and judgement free
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Being innovative
Yours in community spirit,
This month saw many events held in Albany for the 2018 Dying to Know day. Dying to Know Day events activate conversations and curiosity, build death literacy and help grow the capacity of individuals and community groups to take action toward end of life planning.
The Hospice held two Death over Dinner evenings which were well attended by members of the community. We were very fortunate to have been granted permission to present the film, Defining Hope which prompted thought-provoking discussions about death and dying all whilst enjoying a fabulous meal prepared by the Hospice staff and volunteers.
We encourage everyone to develop their death literacy, make end of life plans such as a will and advance care plans, share these wishes with families and get informed about end of life and death care options. By doing this you will be better equipped to support family and friends experiencing death, dying and bereavement.
Click the link to find out how to get the conversation started..
|Call for Committee Members|
Albany Community Hospice is looking for members to join it's newly established Community Partnerships & Marketing Committee.
The Committee will enable the Hospice to meet it's strategic goals developed as part of the 2018-2021 'Flourishing Together' Strategic Plan, which can be found on our website.
Key tasks of the Committee will be to develop a communications and marketing strategy, continued development of the Hospice's online brand, and to develop community connections and partnerships with other organisations and the community.
If you would like to be part of this exciting and innovative committee and have experience in either communications and marketing, branding, networking, developing community partnerships or sponsorship we would love to hear from you.
To register your interest, please send a brief cover letter outlining your skills and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9892 2456 for more information.
|Our position statement on voluntary assisted dying|
Albany Community Hospice has prepared a position statement on the practice of Voluntary Assisted Dying (sometimes referred to as euthanasia and physician assisted suicide) in recognition that it is an issue of significant interest to our community. We acknowledge that there is a diversity of opinion in public and healthcare communities about Voluntary Assisted Dying in end of life care. We also acknowledge that although this practice is on the political and legislative agenda within our state, the practice of Voluntary Assisted Dying is currently an illegal act in Western Australia.
To read the full statement follow the link below to our website
|Medical Credentialing at the Hospice|
The Hospice provides an environment where professionals with appropriate qualifications and experience can deliver safe, high quality palliative care services. The credentialing system supports this by reviewing the credentialing and scope of clinical practice applications for all doctors seeking to provide services within the hospice.
The Board of Management delegates the responsibility for credentialing and scoping clinical practice to the Medical Credentialing Committee. This committee meets every 2 months to review any new applications and to review those up for re-credentialing. Doctors become accredited for a period of 3 years unless there is a breach in the agreement.
We advise all new doctors to the area to become credentialed with us so that they are prepared in case one of their patients require our services. The application forms can be found on our website along with dates for orientation to the hospice and information sessions.
Click the link for more information
|Looking for ways to support local business and the Hospice?|
Did you know there are a couple of great ways you can support the Hospice through the generosity of local businesses?
Thinking of booking your next holiday? Head in to see the friendly team at Travel with Purpose who have first-class knowledge of all things travel. And if you book your holiday with them, they will donate a percentage of the booking to the Hospice. To find out more head to www.travelwithpurpose.com.au/blog/hospice
Have you got the winter blues? Then make an appointment at Chee Chee's Salon for some pampering. Chee Chee offers a wide range of beauty treatments and packages to indulge yourself. And if you head into the salon on a Monday, Chee Chee will be donating 5% of all sales taken on that day to the Hospice. You can find Chee Chee Salon on Facebook or call 0431 047 183 to make an appointment.
We thank these businesses for their support and if you are a business and think this is something you would like to do, please contact us to discuss.