Chair Chat

Change is impending at our hospice as Michelle McClure, our manager these past 5 years finishes up on 3rd May. The regret that many of our team are feeling as Michelle departs is very evident. Gratitude and compliments have been forthcoming from doctors, nursing staff, allied health team members, volunteers and guests and their families. In looking back over the past five years, I am in awe of how much positive change has happened. Without doubt, Michelle played an integral role in all that has been achieved.

Since 2014 we have funded, built and relocated to a new hospice, doubled guest capacity, increased nursing staff, increased administration support roles, increased services offered, improved financial sustainability, strengthened relationships with other health stakeholders, and maintained a healthy and valued profile in the community. Michelle’s focus on long-held hospice values of providing the best palliative and compassionate care for guests and their families is pivotal. Hospice operations run smoothly and collaboratively, due to Michelle’s unyielding support and concern for the well-being of her staff, and her quest for excellence. In summary, we have been privileged to enjoy the services of a very good manager. It is hoped that Michelle and her family have more well deserved quality time – best wishes and thank you Michelle.

Another valued member of our team departed recently too. The Board is very sorry that Deputy Chair David Halstead resigned due to increased family and work commitments. David was a board member for nearly 5 years, and his financial and business expertise was invaluable, especially in negotiating contracts. Best wishes and thanks Dave and Halstead family.

The Board extends thanks to everyone who is putting in extra hours and taking leadership responsibilities during the transition period too. It is not known yet if we will have the new appointment achieved in May or later. The Board feels greatly assured though, that our whole team has exemplary commitment and broad-ranging capabilities that will see  us manage, and ensure our special place continues to serve the community very well.

So, sometime soon, we will welcome a new and important member to our team. It goes without saying, some things will feel, look and be different, with a new Clinical Hospice Manager at our helm. It will also be a time for fresh thinking and new possibilities – so let’s look forward.

Yours in community spirit
Jane Mouritz

Hospice Herald - April 2019

Hospice Herald - April 2019

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Chair Chat

Change is impending at our hospice as Michelle McClure, our manager these past 5 years finishes up on 3rd May. The regret that many of our team are feeling as Michelle departs is very evident. Gratitude and compliments have been forthcoming from doctors, nursing staff, allied health team members, volunteers and guests and their families. In looking back over the past five years, I am in awe of how much positive change has happened. Without doubt, Michelle played an integral role in all that has been achieved.

Since 2014 we have funded, built and relocated to a new hospice, doubled guest capacity, increased nursing staff, increased administration support roles, increased services offered, improved financial sustainability, strengthened relationships with other health stakeholders, and maintained a healthy and valued profile in the community. Michelle’s focus on long-held hospice values of providing the best palliative and compassionate care for guests and their families is pivotal. Hospice operations run smoothly and collaboratively, due to Michelle’s unyielding support and concern for the well-being of her staff, and her quest for excellence. In summary, we have been privileged to enjoy the services of a very good manager. It is hoped that Michelle and her family have more well deserved quality time – best wishes and thank you Michelle.

Another valued member of our team departed recently too. The Board is very sorry that Deputy Chair David Halstead resigned due to increased family and work commitments. David was a board member for nearly 5 years, and his financial and business expertise was invaluable, especially in negotiating contracts. Best wishes and thanks Dave and Halstead family.

The Board extends thanks to everyone who is putting in extra hours and taking leadership responsibilities during the transition period too. It is not known yet if we will have the new appointment achieved in May or later. The Board feels greatly assured though, that our whole team has exemplary commitment and broad-ranging capabilities that will see  us manage, and ensure our special place continues to serve the community very well.

So, sometime soon, we will welcome a new and important member to our team. It goes without saying, some things will feel, look and be different, with a new Clinical Hospice Manager at our helm. It will also be a time for fresh thinking and new possibilities – so let’s look forward.

Yours in community spirit
Jane Mouritz

Hospice Manager, Michelle McClure looks back on her time at Hospice

"I was employed in May 2014 as the manager of Albany Community Hospice. It was the old hospice with 4 beds and since then we have doubled in size with the commissioning of the new hospice. In many ways things are not recognisable but the spirit has stayed the same. When I first entered the hospice I realised that the staff and volunteers encapsulated the meaning of loving kindness. They provide best practice palliative care with a huge amount of caring to the guests and their families. It has been a privilege to be a member of such a generous team and to have followed on from those before me in supporting the wonderful work to continue. I am confident the hospice will continue to evolve and improve the care of those with a terminal illness in the region." The whole Hospice Team wishes Michelle all the very best for the future and thanks her for her amazing leadership, guidance and vision over the past 5 years.

Weavers in the Community

From 1 April, we are extending our Weavers program out into the community! Previously we offered the service to the carers of our guests at Hospice, however most carers felt that they would have benefited from the service earlier on in their caring role. With this feedback in mind, we have decided to extend the service out into the community with carers being able to access the service through the Palliative Care Team. We hope that by connecting a carer with a volunteer Weaver, an experienced and trained former carer, the carer gains an ally to walk alongside them, share stories and knowledge about services and strategies. If you or someone you know would like more information about the Weavers program, head to our website by clicking the link below or call Sonya Coleman, Support Coordinator at the Hospice on 9892 2456 or email weavers@albanyhospice.org.au

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Mothers Day Brunch & Bubbles

Join us this Mother's Day for Brunch, Bubbles & Cocktails. Treat your mumma & raise funds for the Albany Community Hospice. If you haven't yet attended a Liberte Brunch now is the time! Featuring a dim-sum style menu, hair of the dog cocktails and specials on bubbly wine, rad 80s tunes and brownie points with mum. Tickets include a glass of bubbles on arrival and bottomless tea & coffee. Tickets sales are donated to the Albany Community Hospice. Book your space now on 9847 4797 or pop into Liberte Click the link below for the Facebook event

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Seeking Proposals: The Art of Living and Dying Well

The City of Albany in conjunction with the WA Primary Health Alliance, through the Compassionate Communities Project are seeking expressions of interest from Artists / Artist Collectives working in any art form to develop and present a community arts project and installation/exhibition at the Vancouver Arts Centre exploring the topics surrounding living well and end of life. A maximum of $6,000 is available for the successful proposal. Deadline for submissions is Friday 3 May 23:59 WAST. For more information please email arts@albany.wa.gov.au and request a submission form. For more information on death literacy and Dying to Know Day see: https://www.dyingtoknowday.org/

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Don't miss the fashion event of the year!

Tricia's Model Agency presents an evening of fashion on Friday 31 May 2019. The theme of the night is Past Present & Future featuring Models from the 80s and 90s with present models and future models. Some of their past models are coming home from places far and wide to take part in the show. The parade will be held at the Exhibition Centre at Centennial Oval with 9 local boutiques participating and showing their fabulous collections. Tickets cost $40 and includes finger food and wine courtesy of Trevelen farm wines. Tickets available from: Featherstonehaugh, Infinito, The Closet Shop, Stamms, Marydene, Bell+Luca, Vic n Velour and Tricia's Model Management. There will be a red carpet arrival so there is an opportunity for guests to get dressed up for the evening! All proceeds from the parade will be kindly donated to the Hospice. For more information click the link below

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Location 30 Warden Ave, Albany WA 6330
Postal PO Box 5210, Albany WA 6332

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