One of the joys of being volunteer Board Chairperson for Albany Community Hospice has been the amazing people, projects and experiences that are generously offered to us, often from unexpected sources. One such project came from long-term friend, Brian Traynor. Brian was diagnosed with an illness that is potentially life limiting on 11th October 2017. In the ensuing 12 months he has accepted many holistic naturopathic therapies and all offered medical treatments for his cancer. He is ‘no orphan’ in this experience, as many people are undergoing such treatments all the time. What is exceptional is Brian’s positive attitude to dying and his frank and free expression of his feelings about his inevitable death, that will happen some time in the future. He willingly participated in our consumer forums, and has also spoken at Death Café. His most exciting initiative is researching and producing a delightful photographic book of his life, aptly named ‘The Life of Brian”! Preparing this book, digging up old photos and finding suitable words to tell his loved ones about his life and dying, has been therapeutic for Brian and his wife, Jane. The outcome is a beautiful coffee-table book that will be treasured by his children and grandchildren for many years to come. Thank you Brian for sharing this treasure with the Hospice family too.

It was also a privilege to meet with Hon Colin Holt, MLC, to discuss the outcomes of the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee inquiry into Life Choices and consideration of if Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation is needed or desirable in Western Australia. The member for South-west and deputy chair of the Select Committee applauded Albany’s palliative care doctors and team and our Hospice and said we are the best there is in our state! This is a wonderful tribute to regional palliative care specialist, Dr Kirsten Auret, Dr Jonathan Ramachenderen, our Hospice nursing team and volunteers, our Medical Advisory Committee, and the GPs of Albany who offer such good palliative care… Regrettably, it seems that elsewhere there are too many situations where palliative care is very limited. An expert panel is now being set up to determine ways that improved palliative care and any necessary Life Choices legislation can be further considered. Our Board and medical team will keep informed, and continue with our excellent palliative care support, all the while offering our expertise and experiences as needed.

Yours in community spirit,

Jane Mouritz, Chairperson

Hospice Herald - October 2018

Hospice Herald - October 2018

There's lots of events coming up over the next couple of months so keep an eye on our website www.albanyhospice.org.au and Facebook page www.facebook.com/albanycommunityhospice for more info!

One of the joys of being volunteer Board Chairperson for Albany Community Hospice has been the amazing people, projects and experiences that are generously offered to us, often from unexpected sources. One such project came from long-term friend, Brian Traynor. Brian was diagnosed with an illness that is potentially life limiting on 11th October 2017. In the ensuing 12 months he has accepted many holistic naturopathic therapies and all offered medical treatments for his cancer. He is ‘no orphan’ in this experience, as many people are undergoing such treatments all the time. What is exceptional is Brian’s positive attitude to dying and his frank and free expression of his feelings about his inevitable death, that will happen some time in the future. He willingly participated in our consumer forums, and has also spoken at Death Café. His most exciting initiative is researching and producing a delightful photographic book of his life, aptly named ‘The Life of Brian”! Preparing this book, digging up old photos and finding suitable words to tell his loved ones about his life and dying, has been therapeutic for Brian and his wife, Jane. The outcome is a beautiful coffee-table book that will be treasured by his children and grandchildren for many years to come. Thank you Brian for sharing this treasure with the Hospice family too.

It was also a privilege to meet with Hon Colin Holt, MLC, to discuss the outcomes of the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee inquiry into Life Choices and consideration of if Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation is needed or desirable in Western Australia. The member for South-west and deputy chair of the Select Committee applauded Albany’s palliative care doctors and team and our Hospice and said we are the best there is in our state! This is a wonderful tribute to regional palliative care specialist, Dr Kirsten Auret, Dr Jonathan Ramachenderen, our Hospice nursing team and volunteers, our Medical Advisory Committee, and the GPs of Albany who offer such good palliative care… Regrettably, it seems that elsewhere there are too many situations where palliative care is very limited. An expert panel is now being set up to determine ways that improved palliative care and any necessary Life Choices legislation can be further considered. Our Board and medical team will keep informed, and continue with our excellent palliative care support, all the while offering our expertise and experiences as needed.

Yours in community spirit,

Jane Mouritz, Chairperson

Clinical Benchmarking at Hospice

The Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) is a national program that utilises standardised clinical assessment tools to measure and benchmark patient outcomes in palliative care. Participation in PCOC is voluntary and assists us to improve practice and meet the Palliative Care Australia Standards. We provide data to PCOC every 6 months from which we receive a suite of reports. The dashboard is an overview with the more detail provided in the other reports. This enables us to identify areas of improvement that will improve the outcomes for patients and their families.

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Weavers Program at Hospice

Josephine Lebbing has joined the Hospice in the role of Local Connector, and will be establishing and coordinating the Weavers peer-to-peer support program, pioneered by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. The program was designed by carers for carers, supporting them to manage the ongoing challenges on the caring journey. By connecting them with a volunteer Weaver, an experienced and trained former carer, the person gains an ally to walk alongside them, share stories and knowledge about services and strategies. This in turn enables the carer to be more effective in their caring role, reducing stress and increasing well being. The Hospice is seeking individuals interested in a unique volunteer peer-to-peer carer support position who have lived caring experience and a passion to support carers. For more information about the program and the role of a Weaver, head to our website on the link below. Click the link below to our view our latest dashboard

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Advanced Care Planning

More than 80% per cent of Australians think it is important to put our end-of-life care treatment preferences into writing, but less than 5% of us have completed an advance care plan. Advance care planning is the process of discussing and documenting your future health care wishes, values and priorities. It enables your doctors, friends, family and carers to understand what you want, should you become so unwell that you are unable to speak for yourself. Palliative Care Western Australia (link below) has useful and easy to understand information about what is involved and how to undertake advanced care planning. Health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance and resources to support advance care planning through the End of Life Directions for Aged Care website at www.eldac.com.au

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Annual Footy Stars Weekend

West Coast Eagles Stars Josh Kennedy and Glen Jakovich are coming to Albany for a weekend of golf and socialising on the 17 & 18 November. Here's your chance to join these super friendly footy stars at either the Annual Sports Dinner and memorabilia auction at Le Grande Motel on Saturday 17 November, or for a game of golf and entertainment at Albany Golf Club from 9am on Sunday 18 November. Tickets are selling fast so for more details and to purchase tickets to either or both of these exciting events, please contact Todd McGregor on 0427 892 001 or email Todd.McGregor@wacountrybuilders.com.au

Spin-a-thon 2018 - Are you ready?

We are spinning again for the annual Albany Hospice 24 Hour Spinathon at Haz Beanz Cafe on the Albany Waterfront. This year we are spinning from 12 noon, Saturday 24 November to 12 noon Sunday 25 November, with great entertainment, enthusiastic teams and the best coffee in Albany. The Spinathon is a fun way to create team morale within your workplace or amongst your friends and family - and raise funds for a good cause. There are opportunities for teams to ride together or have one bike that your team spins for 24 hours. All proceeds from this fantastic 24 hours of fitness, fun and friendship will go directly to the Hospice to help us continue to provide expert palliative care in your community. Come and join us as an individual or team and spin the wheels to the motivating music of DJ Rod Nation and be in the running to win some amazing prizes. Simply set up your team profile with Everyday Hero (click the link below) and share your link with friends and family to raise funds.

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Postal PO Box 5210, Albany WA 6332

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