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Fitzroy Valley Palliative Care Service
This program aimed to implement a culturally-appropriate palliative care service for people living in the Fitzroy Valley region of remote north Western Australia (WA). The project's objectives were to:
- refurbish an area within the Fitzroy Valley hospital to meet the palliative care needs of individuals and their families
- identify a team, which includes Aboriginal Health Workers to provide local palliative care
- develop a strategy for palliative care services in this area which is sensitive to the cultural needs of the people of Fitzroy Valley, especially those in remote communities
- identify and organise cross-cultural training for palliative care support groups
- establish a specialist hospital and community palliative care service for Fitzroy Valley
- ensure that a traditional healer (maburn man) is involved in the provision of palliative care as requested by the individual or family
- link Aboriginal communities and existing health services to provide information on the choice of palliative care
- provide palliative care education and training for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members, Aboriginal Health Workers, nurses and personal care attendants.
The project was funded as part of the National Caring Communities Program.
Abstract adapted from the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing
Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services
PO Box 59
Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765
Ph: (08) 9193 0093
Fax: (08) 9193 0094
Williamson D, de Waard S (2005)
Fitzroy Valley palliative care service final report.
Perth, WA: Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services
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