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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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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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How our Community Helps to Shape Healthcare

Wentworth Healthcare has always valued the views of our community, and we have incorporated nationally-recognised community engagement projects into our strategic planning for over five years.

The people involved in our regional Community Advisory Committee (CAC) as well as those who participate in our LGA-based consumer groups represent a broad cross-section of our local community.

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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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