Over 3000 health professionals received palliative care education via the Otago Community Hospice in the last twelve months.
The Hospice education service often works under the radar, with the Hospice better known for its specialist palliative care service. However, the education team is making significant inroads delivering palliative care education to Otago’s health and social services sector, with the aim of ensuring better palliative services at all areas of need.
Education Co-ordinator Glenda Hall describes the education service as an integral part of the Hospice’s service, utilising the expertise of the Hospice’s specialist palliative care staff to deliver education around Otago.
“The education we provide is across the board. Over the year we do education sessions such as Palliative Care for Care Assistants, Fundamentals of Palliative Care and regular sessions for our own staff. We also provide Syringe Driver Training and Night Carer Training.
“There are up to 200 people on the Hospice programme at any given time – 500 patients across the calendar year. While these patients are within the hospice service, they are also looked after by a variety of healthcare workers in conjunction with the Hospice service. Our education focus is to support our colleagues to ensure good palliative care is available at all locations in the community,” says Ms Hall.
Palliative care education is available to all GPs, District Health Nurses Allied Health Workers and Aged Residential Care workers as well as many students studying health-related subjects.
The education team also collaborates with the Otago University, Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin Hospital to ensure that Medical School students, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy students and Nursing students get education in palliative care. They also run collaborative education study days with District Health Board’s Palliative Care Team.
“Ensuring valuable clinical placements for many students here at the Hospice is also recognised as a valuable and important aspect of our work.
“We are definitely making inroads. Over the last five years we’ve grown our education services. There is the increased appreciation and recognition that palliative care belongs in all levels of practice and provision of education is a tangible and valuable way we can improve palliative care in our community.”
The Upper Clutha Hospice Trust and the Otago Community Hospice this week launch a collaboration, which includes fundraising and financial support for hospice services in Wanaka region.
Upper Clutha Hospice Trust Chairman, Russell McGeorge says it is timely for the trust, which funded the Stina Mooyman Palliative and Respite Care Suite at the Enliven Care Centre, and provides other financial support to assist those with terminal illnesses in the Upper Clutha, to contribute to palliative care service delivery in their region by the Otago Community Hospice.
The Upper Clutha Hospice Trust will make a financial contribution of $30,000 to Otago Community Hospice for the 2018-19 financial year. They will also use their deep community links to help out with the Otago Community Hospice’s Annual Collection in 2019 as well as working with fundraising staff to develop new initiatives in the community.
“We recognize the valuable services provided by the Otago Community Hospice’s community team in the Upper Clutha, and we want to support this service. Not just financially, but also via our team of fundraisers,” says Mr McGeorge.
Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green says this new collaboration is a great step forward for the Hospice service’s sustainability in this region.
“Wanaka has many challenges, being our fastest growing population and also our most remote.
“The Trust has gathered great momentum in Wanaka, and we are excited to be working in with them. To have this extra support is very welcome. We have a small fundraising team based in Dunedin, so our fundraising outreach in Wanaka is tricky – having the crack team of fundraisers associated with the Upper Clutha Trust is fabulous.
“We look forward to growing this partnership.”
Pinot Noir makers donate $25,000 to Otago Community Hospice Service in Central
Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green received a very welcome $25,000 this week from the Central Otago Pinot Charitable Trust auction held earlier this year.
The donation arrived during Hospice Awareness Week, which is the Hospice’s largest fundraising push of the year.
Every year Central Otago Winegrowers combine to produce a Central Otago Cuvée – and this year that will happen again, using the 2018 vintage.
Futures on the Celebration Cuvee were sold at the highly successful auction held at the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration on 28th January. The auction was conducted on behalf of the Central Otago Pinot Noir Charitable Trust. The Celebration included a series of tastings and workshops by well-known winemakers and pinot noir experts with delegates attending from all round the world. The event concluded with the auction which drew a fantastic response from both New Zealand and overseas bidders.
Crowe Horwath Partner and charity Chairman Alistair King says that the conference makes a significant amount every year through the auction and this year the Otago Community Hospice was their chosen charity.
Alistair King said, “We should feel proud of our region’s wine producers who rally together to support local community groups. Otago Community Hospice has a serious need for funding and the Trust is delighted to support them. We would also like to thank our sponsors who helped make the 2018 Celebration and auction an absolute success”.
Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green described the contribution as significant at a time that use of Hospice services in the Central Otago region are growing.
“In Central Otago, we are seeing quite some growth in the use of our service. Our team of palliative specialists based in Cromwell are perfectly placed to deliver the wrap-around care that our Hospice service is renowned for. Our team on the ground cover Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra – and all the surround areas. Last year alone they covered some 90,000 kms delivering this service.
This contribution is a wonderful and significant surprise, and is perfectly timed with our Hospice Awareness Week.”
Otago’s Hospice and Freemasons celebrate 20 years of fundraising
This week Otago Community Hospice and the region’s Freemasons celebrate 20 years of collaboration for the Hospice’s Annual Street Appeal.
Freemasons from all over Otago have supported the Hospice by leading the Hospice Awareness Week appeal since 1998.
Hospice CEO Ginny Green describes the partnership as integral to what is one of the charity’s biggest annual fundraisers.
“The Masons have been incredible across the years, turning up rain or shine to raise funds for our service during Hospice Awareness Week. We are so grateful for their continued and strong support right across our region. And it’s not just during awareness week - they support us with grants and other fundraising efforts throughout each year.”
In June 1998 an organising committee was formed to assist Hospice with the Annual Street Appeal, with Masonic lodges helping to organise the collection in their local communities.
Back in 1998 $7000 was raised. Since then the collection has grown to average $40,000. The funds go directly towards service provision for the 700 people on the Hospice programme each year.
Freemason Mel Darling, the chairman of the appeal’s organizing group, says that charity is one of the cornerstones of Freemasonry.
“The association with the Hospice is rewarding; to be able to directly assist the hospice in supporting the terminally ill and their families all over Otago is a real privilege.
There is now a legacy for the Freemasons, and we are very proud of what we have achieved as a group for the Hospice.”
Otago Community Hospice Central Otago services have been boosted with a newly graduated nurse practitioner in the Central Otago Community Team.
Louisa Ingham has worked for Hospice as part of Cromwell-based Hospice team as a Care Co-ordinator for the last six years. During this time Louisa completed her Masters Degree at The University of Auckland and graduated as a nurse practitioner in March this year.
Nurse practitioners combine advanced nursing knowledge with diagnostic reasoning to assess, diagnose and interpret diagnostic and lab tests as well as prescribe medications.
Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green says adding this extra layer of expertise to the Central Otago Community Team brings a real strength to the service that delivers Hospice care to the region.
“Central Otago has its challenges, being our fastest growing population whilst at the same time our most distant. Louisa will be focussed on providing education and support to the carers in Aged Residential Care. Increasing palliative care knowledge within these facilities will promote confidence in staff and enhance symptom control for people with palliative needs. Louisa will also be instrumental in progressing the practice of teaching family carers to administer medications by injection, which can be essential to enable people to stay at home close to the end of their life. To be able to progress this aspect of training in Central is very exciting.”
Louisa studied for her nurse practitioner certification while she continued as a part-time Care Co-ordinator for the Hospice. After four years of study she says it’s great to have her life back.
As well as papers in pharmacology, clinical assessment and pathophysiology, in her final year Louisa was accepted onto the nurse practitioner training program at the University of Auckland, which involved two papers; an advanced practicum and a prescribing paper.
“Working rurally is always challenging with the geography of the region. But with my new scope I’ll be able to work collaboratively with the GPs as well as the wider team to better meet the needs of our patients, and enhance our primary health carer palliative knowledge.”