Timed with National Palliative Care Week (22−28 May 2022), the Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network released a series of short videos aimed at increasing the communities’ awareness of palliative care.
For many, the thought of palliative care raises concerns and fears about what to expect and who you can turn to for guidance and support, whilst maintaining hope that your symptoms can be managed and dignity maintained.
Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network (SPCCN) Co-Leads, consumer advocate Kathryn Hourigan and Dr Peter Allcroft, Senior Staff Specialist at Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, saw an opportunity to utilise the spotlight of National Palliative Care Week.
Together they produced a series of videos, aimed at increasing the communities’ awareness of palliative care through the exploration of its services, discussing some of the difficult concerns and busting several myths.
The SPCCN is one of eight Statewide Clinical Networks, managed and supported by the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health. Statewide Clinical Networks are groups of health professionals, health service organisations, consumers and carers who work collaboratively to achieve high quality care in a particular clinical area.
The Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network is the first network to implement a co-leadership structure. This sees both a clinical and consumer representative join forces to lead the network. Together Kathryn and Dr Allcroft, with their network, aim to deliver better palliative care through increasing awareness of advanced care planning, education and collaboration to improve data collection, measurement and reporting.
Watch the full series see Raising awareness and busting myths about palliative care.
To read more about the Network, see Palliative Care.