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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 outcomes are outlined in a final report. The program 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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