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At Ballarat Hospice Care our aim is not only to provide you with information about our organisation, but what is happening within our local community in terms of palliative care.


State Government gives $6.2 million for new facility

Ballarat Hospice Care welcomes the $6.2 million state government funding announcement for its new palliative care hub in Lucas.

Ballarat Hospice Care is a 30-year community organisation renowned for “going the extra mile” for patients, carers and their families as they progress through end of life choices.

This has been reflected in the overwhelming community support shown so far in its bid to create a brand, new home that reflects Ballarat Hospice Care’s values of loyalty, honesty, kindness, respect, trust, skill and willingness.

The new hub will allow Ballarat Hospice Care to take its service to a whole new dimension, including:

• A welcoming place for families and carers
• Create a space where people can feel safe and supported – a “safe landing spot” for people dealing with end of life issues; and
• A supportive environment to family members of all ages post-death; and
• Equip our partners to help provide a fully supportive palliative care service.
• Further develop volunteers to become part of our Compassionate Communities focus, which will include assisting patients with end of life care;
• Provide the latest in palliative care information and receive assistance with the interpretation of that information;
• The building will be a haven for all who use it, including staff, volunteers, patients, carers and families.

This building will allow us to continue the quality of service we currently provide but allow to grow and meet emerging needs.

Ballarat Hospice Care staff often travel around remote parts of our large catchment, in all weather conditions, to provide care, with an emergency service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Having dedicated rooms where they can debrief with colleagues and get support to help them provide top quality, end of life care is vital for their ongoing physical and mental health wellbeing.

Ballarat Hospice Care executive officer Carita Clancy said service demand rose 18 per cent last year.
“This new facility will allow us to continue to provide quality care but will enable us to provide it in new and diverse ways and to implement the government’s end of life framework,” Ms Clancy said.

“Our new home will be inviting and have a positive impact on the quality of services for all. It will allow us to show how palliative care can really improve the quality of both living and dying.

“This building will take Ballarat Hospice Care into a bright new future as a leading western Victorian palliative care hub.

“We are grateful for this recognition and support from government and grateful to our friends and community for believing in us.

“This building will increase our capacity to meet the need of our services. We will have a much better working environment for staff, we will have dedicated space for our volunteers, clinical care and counselling, there will also be dedicated space for education for our volunteers, staff, patients and carers, partners and our community.

There will also be an increase in capacity for diversity in our approach to care and greater capacity for supporting carers in their bereavement.

“In our application to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, we identified the need, we showed our willingness to respond through our Service Plan and now we have the means to continue the important work of Ballarat Hospice Care. This is fantastic.”

Ballarat Hospice Care board chairman Geoff Russell thanked the State Government, and said the overwhelming community support had played a large role in receiving the funding.

“Ballarat Hospice Care receives enormous support from our community and this was a major factor in the government’s decision to help fund this project,” Mr Russell said.

“A Ballarat Hospice Care palliative care hub will make a significant difference to our ability to deliver enhanced palliative care services, provide health care improvements and enable informed palliative care choices,” Mr Russell said.


Charity Movie Night

Come to our fundraising movie night for the Ballarat premiere of Victoria & Abdul, the story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant.
Get your friends together and come along to Regent Cinemas on Thursday, September 14 at 6.45pm and have a fun night at the movies, complete with fantastic raffles, auctions, prizes and MC Paul “PT” Taylor.
Tickets are available from Ballarat Hospice Care, 312 Drummond St Sth so come along and have a great night out while also giving to help Hospice grow!


More straight talk needed on final wishes: doctor

CRESWICK doctor Claire Hepper says there is a need for more straight talking about death and dying.

Dr Hepper and palliative care advocates Shannon’s Bridge will host an information session on Tuesday in a bid to help spark community action on death, dying and bereavement.

The event is part of Dying to Know Day, on which Ballarat Hospice will take part in the headline event at Federation Square, Melbourne.

Dr Hepper, a general practitioner, said there needed to be greater grassroot discussions on advance care plans – she wanted people to remember death was a part of life.

“Healthcare professionals have a much better chance of helping support people and respecting those wishes if we know what they are before they thrown into a maelstrom of tests, specialist visits and medication side effects,” Dr Hepper said.

“The doctors and health services do amazing work every day. But if the first time an advance care plan is mentioned is when you are already in hospital, we are not doing our jobs as community members to discuss the issue of death and dying.”

Dr Hepper is a Hospice board member and Shannon’s Bridge director. Both organisation offer expertise to help people navigate end of life care.

Shannon’s Bridge aims to improve death literacy and in training volunteers to help bridge palliative care support where services do not reach.

The organisation has built on the legacy of Shannon’s Packs, kits with the medicines, tools and information sheers so more people could die at home in relative comfort. They were the wish of Shannon McKnight, who died at her home in Mount Glasgow about a year ago, aged 19.

Shannon wanted to make palliative care easier for others in rural areas where after-hours services were stretched thin.

The Dying to Know Day theme in Creswick will be “Why NFR (not-for-resuscitation) is NQR (not quite right)”.

Dr Hepper said Dying to Know Day, World Hospice Day and Palliative Care Week were important in generating talk. She said people plan big events in life, like weddings, births and major holidays, so it seemed sensible to also consider death.

Ballarat Hospice Care executive officer Carita Clancy said the organisation felt it was important to be involved in Dying to Know Day.

“We believe it’s time to start frank, open discussions about death, dying and bereavement and we are very pleased we can take part in a day that encourages everyone to have those vital conversations,” Ms Clancy said.

Dying to Know Day information session is open to all at the Creswick-Smeaton RSL on Tuesday, from 2-5pm.


What you don’t know about palliative care

Palliative care is not just about relieving the physical pain or symptoms of a person with a terminal/life-limiting illness.

It’s just as much about their psychological welfare – and that’s where Ballarat Hospice Care’s specialist counsellors calmly enter the picture..

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Ballarat Hospice Care’s $1mil appeal

Ballarat Hospice Care  has launched a fundraising appeal to help it build a desperately-needed bigger facility. The hospice has been operating out of Drummond Street since 1986, but with a doubling of clientele in the past five years, has drastically outgrown its current home.

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Donation to make a huge difference

A donation of 12 lightweight wheelchairs is set to make a noticeable difference in the transportation of Ballarat Hospice Care patients.

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Ballarat Hospice Care looking for Community input

Ballarat Hospice Care’s calling on the community for ideas into the design of it’s new facility in Lucas.

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Patients to benefit from state government funding

Ballarat Hospice patients will be the beneficiaries of additional funding from the state government to better equip front line workers.

On Wednesday Health Minister Jill Hennessy announced $183,000 for Hospice, which will be used to deliver a new van, new staff vehicles, additional medical equipment as well as new communication technology.

Hospice will also receive new duress alarms, allowing staff to more promptly respond to the needs of their clients.
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The Oliver Foundation donates $100,000

Philanthropic organisation, The Oliver Foundation, has generously donated $100,000 to Ballarat Hospice Care’s “Give to Help Hospice Grow” $1 million appeal.
It is one of the largest donations the foundation has given out since it began six years ago.
The Oliver Foundation board member Michael Ronaldson, speaking on behalf of the Oliver family, said: “The foundation was established to support and contribute to social and community programs within the Ballarat district”.
“We are acutely aware of the overwhelming demand for Ballarat Hospice Care’s services created by a lack of appropriate facilities. The foundation is deeply passionate about its services to the community, hence the donation.”

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Living with Death – ABC Ballarat Radio Stories

Each day our televisions, newspapers and advertisements are filled with messages reminding us to live well. But how often do we talk about dying well?

With the help of ABC Ballarat Radio this is just what we have been able to do.   In early October 2010 five taped episodes went to air bringing the stories of  patient, carer, counsellor, palliative care doctor and nurses to life.

Listen to the stories.


In The End – ABC Compass Program

An Australian intensive care doctor explores moral and ethical questions about ongoing life-support for our elderly. Over the past decade hospital intensive care wards in Australia have been filling up with elderly patients in their 80s, and 90s with no realistic chance of recovery. Fuelled by hope and the belief that modern medicine will allow our lives to go on forever, are we failing to manage the passage between life and death? This film examines a modern day medical dilemma of our own making by following Geelong Hospital senior intensive care doctor Charlie Corke who asks some of the most pressing and difficult questions facing modern medicine.

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