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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Sharing care the Kimberley way



This program is a part of a statewide initiative by WA Northern and Remote Health Service to improve outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer and to increase palliative health services in regional areas. The program resulted in the creation of two positions; a rural cancer nurse coordinator, based in Broome and a palliative care nurse coordinator based in Kununurra. The care coordination relies on teamwork and communication between all health care providers and promotes continuity of care and provides a smooth transition from diagnosis to treatment to palliation, for the patients. The model of care delivery involves:

This model of delivery service aims to overcome the complexities of access to cancer treatment and palliative care for people living in remote areas by developing practical interventions and providing opportunities for future delivery of a complex service within the region.

Adapted from Authors abstract


WA Northern and Remote County Health Service
Governing Councils Implementation Team
Department of Health
PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Ph: (08) 9222 2273


Last updated: 13 May 2014
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