Palliative care forum

By Corowa Free Press

A free forum on palliative care services in the Corowa area will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 15 at the Corowa RSL Club. 

After their first forum produced successful results earlier this year, Corowa Medical Centre have initiated a second forum where they will launch new resources and innovative technology that they have developed to support patient and carers based on community feedback.

Their new ideas for the future include:

Palliative Care Patient resource folder, a neatly designed folder will give patients a place to keep all of their information together in one place and hold some important fact sheets and information. Fridge magnets with important emergency phone numbers for services you need after hours.

The medical centre is embracing new technology and improving access for palliative care patients and their careers with the use of computers and tablets to allow patients and their carers to telehealth with their medical team from their home. 

They will be proposing the idea of an End of Life Hub, which is based on the Creswick End Of life Hub. The idea is that this hub will link volunteers and patients and their carers, give people a place to drop in and find information. 

 “At this forum we will be seeking community feedback and ideas on how this Hub can support the Corowa and Rutherglen Community,” Corowa Medical Centre practice manager, Kristen Mann said.

 “We are really excited to launch theses resources that were developed with the Corowa palliative care team. We hope that these resources will be of benefit to patients and their carers.

“We would love to hear ideas on how we can continue to improve services. We want to encourage people to think about their support needs and plan ahead, and we also want people to tell us what can be done to better improve how palliative care is delivered locally.”

Ms Mann said there was also a misconception that palliative care was just about end of life care or for people with cancer.

“Through the project we also want to continue to promote that palliative care also aims to improve quality of life for those dealing with a life limiting illness,” she said. 

Bookings for the free event which includes a light supper can be made with the Corowa Medical Centre on 02 6030 5500.