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Apr 04 2019

Advance Care Planning Week

This National Advance Care Planning Week we are encouraging people in our region, regardless of your age and health status, to start conversations with loved ones about what you want at the end of your life.

Almost 50% of people will not be able to make their own end‐of‐life medical decisions, yet less than 15% of Australians have documented their preferences in an Advance Care Directive.

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Aug 30 2018

Dying to Know Day Dinner

Earlier this month, we held a successful Dying to Know Day Dinner which was the next step in the launch of our Compassionate Communities Project. Together with our partner, the GroundSwell Project, we are working to activate the first Compassionate Community in our region, starting in the Blue Mountains.

Compassionate Communities is an innovative approach to end-of-life care that recognises the importance of community networks, human connection, kindness and compassion to our overall health and wellbeing. A Compassionate Community is a care network that reconnects people to their community and helps support them in their last phase of their life. The aim of the dinner was to engage with local healthcare practitioners to strengthen their understanding of the power of informal support networks, and how they can harness these networks to build alternative pathways of support for patients.

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Jun 15 2018

A whole of community approach to end-of-life

Last Tuesday evening I attended our A whole of community approach to end-of-life event in Katoomba, which featured guest speaker Dr Julian Abel, Director of Compassionate Communities UK and Vice President of Public Health Palliative Care International.

At the event, Dr Abel provided insights into how the Frome Community in Somerset (UK) demonstrated a 30% reduction in unplanned hospital admissions through the implementation of a Compassionate Communities model - an innovative approach to end-of-life care that recognises the importance of human connection, kindness and compassion to our overall health and wellbeing.

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.

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