Service comes to end

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

PROUD: Palliative Care Tasmania program manager for Northern Tasmania Sharon King says she is proud of what the organisation has achieved. Picture: Tamara McDonaldAfter months of fighting to secure funding failed, Palliative Care Tasmania will cease services ina matter of weeks.
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The four remaining staff members’ contracts will end in coming weeks.PCT general manager Colleen Johnstone will be the last to leave, and will finish up on February 15.

The service provides end of life education to Tasmanians statewide, and gages community concern about end of life care.

Program manager for Northern TasmaniaSharon King, whose role covers the North and North-West, said discovering different cultures’ and religions’ customs was enlightening.

Ms King started work with PCT about two years ago, beginning her role with experience as an allied health professional. Educating vulnerable communities has been particularly rewarding, shesaid.

“People like in the LGBTI community, there’s specific considerations we might need to take a look at, suchas estranged families [that] can cause alot of anxiety at end of life,” shesaid.

Ms King said Tasmania’s communities were incredibly diverse and had different needs. PCT consultationled to providing services ranging from palliative care beds atGeorge Town to art therapy atDeloraine, she said.She said there was anxiety within the sector about who would fill the gap, and still community confusionabout the definition of palliative care.

Ms King said PCT was “quietly confident” that a state parliamentary inquiry into palliative carewould put forward positive recommendations for PCT. She said she hoped to keep the door open to be able to continue educating in palliative care.

“I think we’re really proud of what we have achieved, and we’re just disappointed and sad to see this ending,” she said.

But Ms King said without her “great manager” Ms Johnstone’s persistence, the service would have had to wrap up in June.

PCT acquired federal governmentfunding as part of the Better Access to Palliative Care funding from June 2012. Funding was due to end inJune 2016 but was extended to September lastyear.PCT then worked on short-term projectsand hasapproached the state government forfunding. A state government spokeswoman said the state government had “worked constructively” with PCT since their federal funding ended andwould “continue to investigate opportunities” to support them.

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