Importance of Palliative Care Highlighted at Glengarry
May 31, 2021
The importance of palliative care was highlighted at Glengarry Private Hospital during Palliative Care Week (May 23 to 29).
Palliative care staff enjoyed cake and afternoon tea in recognition for the valuable contribution they make through dedicated compassionate care.
Palliative care involves supporting the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of people of all ages living with life-limiting or terminal illness.
Dr Larry Liew said palliative care is an important part of clinical practice, but is often overlooked in the community due to a general reluctance to talk about death and dying.
The theme of this year’s Palliative Care Week is Palliative Care It’s more than you think. The aim is to raise awareness and challenge perceptions that palliative care is a last resort.
Palliative Care Week is also an opportunity to encourage people to engage with their health professionals early in their diagnosis, in the hope to live as well as possible for as long as possible.
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) estimates that in addition to the 40,000 Australians receiving palliative care, there are at least a further 40,000 Australians who would also benefit from palliative care treatment.
Dr Liew said there is a real concern that many people are not accessing timely palliative care.
“Palliative care helps people living with life-limiting or terminal illness by managing their pain and symptoms,” Dr Liew said.
“Palliative care is not just end-of-life care, it can be for anyone of any age.”
Dr Liew said it was also important for people to discuss their end-of-life wishes and preferences with their loved ones.
For more information visit www.glengarryprivate.com.au/Our-Services/Palliative-Care
Glengarry Private Hospital doctor Larry Liew and Clinical Nurse Manager Liz Brearley with palliative care staff