South West Healthcare gets palliative care funding

Andrea Janes

Andrea Janes

A FUNDING boost has been received to help residents receive palliative care in their own homes.

South West Healthcare (SWH) has been granted $101,000 as part of the state government’s palliative care equipment fund.

This will provide satellite navigation systems, wheelchairs, computers for staff, beds and oxygen equipment to keep patients comfortable and lifting devices and recliners to ensure patients can be transported safely.

SWH manager of community palliative care Andrea Janes said the funding is welcome news.

“We are very excited, we looked at the current demand and identified gaps we had,” Ms Janes said.

“We formulated our funding application to fill those gaps and we are thrilled we will be able to get those items.”

Ms Janes said much of the new equipment will be kept at the Camperdown Hospital.

She said this will give a broader coverage of equipment across SWH’s catchment area. 

SWH staff and volunteers provide home-based palliative care services to 82 people.

“This funding will provide all our staff with ipads so they can access the data base of the patient they are with at the time,” Ms Janes said.

“All our cars will also now have oxygen monitors.

“It is the little things we would not normally be able to get that will make a big difference.”   

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the funding would be well used.

“Everyone deserves the best possible end-of-life care,” Ms Tierney said.

“Care that relieves pain and suffering for the terminally ill.”