Palliative care boost for Ranges

Kyneton District Health community nursing team Andrea Perry, Alison Lowe and Esther McMillan-Drendel. Supplied.

By Jessica Micallef

Kyneton District Health has received a funding boost to support palliative care patients in the Macedon Ranges.

The health service received almost $192,000 from the Department of Health to purchase equipment including mobility aids, medical appliances and clinical support systems.

Kyneton District Health also received $18,000 as part of the Palliative Care Service Innovation and Development Grant scheme to launch two projects – The Palliative Care Link Project and the Rural Communications Link Project.

The Palliative Care Link Project will focus on enhancing referrals from local residential aged care facilities to Kyneton District Health palliative care services. It will build on the work already undertaken by palliative care nurses delivering education to staff and working at nearby aged care facilities.

The Rural Communications Link Project will look at ways to facilitate care consultations and will build on bringing palliative care consultations to patients’ homes.

Kyneton District Health chief executive Maree Cuddihy welcomed the funding.

“We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved,” she said. “The money will go a long way to help support palliative care patients across the Macedon Ranges.”