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Gippsland Palliative and End of Life Care Forum

Last month, over 100 people from around Gippsland gathered to better understand Palliative and End of Life Care at a forum held in Traralgon.

The half-day forum was facilitated by Gippsland PHN along with Safer Care Victoria’s Palliative Care Clinical Network and the Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consortium and was opened by Gippsland PHN’s Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch.

The forum focussed on local level challenges and identified areas and ideas for improvement. This provided a great opportunity to network with others from various roles around Gippsland with an interest in palliative care to connect, share and engage with each other, and to learn something new.

Up to date and comprehensive information was provided around Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation and how the changes to Victorian legislation is has impacted the service landscape.

The forum welcomed a number of health professionals with extensive experience in the field of palliative care to present and facilitate the event. Presenters included Ross Salathiel, a Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria, Dr Melanie Benson, Palliative Medicine Physician, Susan Jury the Statewide Voluntary Assisted Dying Care Navigator and Associate Professor Mark Boughey, Director of Palliative Medicine St Vincents Hospital as well as local GP Dr Roberto Celada and Kelly Koschade the Palliative Care Coordinator with Gippsland Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Service.

The forum welcomed Jane Anderson, Latrobe Health Advocate who joined the panel for the final session of discussion with participants and subject matter experts.

The Gippsland PHN Needs Assessment identified palliative care and pain management as themes in stakeholder feedback and pain management was identified as a service gap. Community input noted palliative care as a service gap, including pain management, grief and bereavement.

For further information visit Safer Care Victoria Palliative Care Clinical Network or Gippsland Palliative Care Consortium.