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Increased access for Hospice Volunteers

INCREASED access and information is now available to Tasmanians living with and affected by life-limited illness, with Hospice Volunteers South Tas’ new website now up and running.

Stage one of the website (www.hospicevolunteers.org.au) – which was made possible with a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund – is now live and provides contact details for the southern organisation and its regional counterparts.

Hospice Volunteers South manager Anna Mackey said the new website was an important contact point for patients, families and volunteers.

“Across the state, volunteers provide skilled, compassionate care in clients’ places of residence, and in hospitals and specialist facilities such as palliative care units,” she said.

“Additionally, all three regions offer a nonclinical bereavement support program ‘Walking Through Grief’, which is designed to support adults who are bereaved as a result of terminal illness.”

Ms Mackey said she was grateful for the funding provided by the State Government via the Tasmanian Health Service, and for the generous bequests and philanthropic partnerships, such as with the Ponting Foundation, that enabled her service to effectively support the needs of Tasmanians approaching end of life.

“In the case of our new website, the grant provided by the Tasmanian Community Fund has been invaluable in helping us build greater awareness across the community about the support that is available,” she said.

Tasmanian Community Fund chairperson Sally Darke congratulated the volunteer organisation and said the website was an important community initiative that informed Tasmanians about access to volunteer support for terminally ill patients and their families.

Ms Darke said hospice volunteer organisations operated in the three Tasmanian regions, and worked alongside specialist services to meet individual patient needs.

“Trained volunteers in the north, north-west and south of the state provide a vital source of palliative care support to Tasmanian families,” she said.

For more information, visit hospicevolunteers.org.au

Caption: Among those to benefit from the new website will be, from left, Pat Harman, Margarita White-McColl, Gloria Sweatnam and Agata Hribersek, who were award recipients during Hospice Week recently.

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