Barossa Village Inc host informative Palliative Care Symposium

UNITED APPROACH: South Australian AMA president Dr Chris Moy, Angaston Medical Centre Dr Ray Goodwin, Canberra Calvary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Juliane Samara, Barossa Village Inc Residential care services general manager Matt Kowald, Hamley Bridge Hospital Dawn Hilditch and Tanunda Lutheran Homes chief executive officer Lee Martin. Photo: Supplied
UNITED APPROACH: South Australian AMA president Dr Chris Moy, Angaston Medical Centre Dr Ray Goodwin, Canberra Calvary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Juliane Samara, Barossa Village Inc Residential care services general manager Matt Kowald, Hamley Bridge Hospital Dawn Hilditch and Tanunda Lutheran Homes chief executive officer Lee Martin. Photo: Supplied

Ongoing networks and education on "end of life care" in the region was achieved during a Palliative Care Symposium held in the Barossa last week.

The specialised event, combining 42 medical and nursing professionals and people who work in the aged care sector, was hosted with an aim to improve palliative care in residential aged settings.

Organised by Barossa Village Inc, the symposium was the result of grant funding received from End of Life Decision Making in Aged Care (ELDAC).

Residential care services general manager Matt Kowald detailed the outcomes of Barossa Village Inc. with regards to end of life care for residents with the grant funding.

"These key achievements were in developing a link nurse role, incorporating a end of life pathway into the Leecare care planning software, delivering education to staff and the symposium," he explained.

Mr Kowald said the focus was to provide education and networking for staff working in this "challenging" area.

The evening, held on February 20 at Peter Lehmann's cellar door, further involved keynote speakers.

Canberra Calvary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Juliane Samara spoke about the Nurse Practitioner led model she was involved in, developing with 28 different aged care facilities.

South Australian AMA president Dr Chris Moy president highlighted the seven step pathway, advanced care directives, and the application of this in the residential aged care setting.

While PEPA South Australia manager John McMahon informed all present of the different educational opportunities that were available to GPs and nursing staff to increase their Palliative care knowledge.

The symposium complemented interactive software recently purchased by Barossa Village Inc, Nuriootpa, and successfully welcomed by their residents on Wednesday, February 20.