NSLHD News May 31

Staff at Mona Vale enjoyed morning tea for Palliative Care Week

Palliative care takes centre stage in NSLHD It has been a big year for palliative care in Northern Sydney Local Health District. So far in 2021, there has Vale Hospital which has been without a doubt a very welcome addition to existing palliative care services in NSLHD.” The team has also worked

been the opening of a new specialist palliative care unit, the launch of the end of life symbol, as well as a new staff specialist appointment at Hornsby Hospital, Dr Cynthia Parr, and a district nursing award for PalCare Clinical Nurse Consultant Ann-Marie Perry. During the week, staff at Mona Vale hosted the bereavement bag volunteers at the new PalCare unit, while staff also celebrated the success of the new service with morning tea. “We are very proud of the ongoing commitment in NSLHD to ensuring that care at the end of life is considered as important as care at any other time of people’s lives,” Clinical Director of Palliative Care Professor Katy Clark said. “Perhaps one of the most pleasing changes locally has been the opening of the new palliative care unit at Mona

closely with Aboriginal health in developing the culturally appropriate end of life symbol. Incorporating the Angophora tree and flower, the symbol is used by staff to identify patients receiving care at the very end of life. The Angophora has a spiritual significance for Aboriginal Peoples, encompassing birth, life and death, which is why it was chosen for this very important project. Studio Artes’ artists Jaycee and Cara produced the beautiful symbol and were recently thanked at a presentation. As part of the initiative, a staff training and awareness video was also produced which can be viewed at: bit. ly/3m77uB0

Artist Cara from Studio Artes, along with Jaycee (front cover) helped to design the symbol

Professor Katy Clark with the End of Life symbol



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