Latrobe Health Advocate beginsThe Victorian Minister for Health appointed Jane Anderson as the Latrobe Health Advocate in June 2018.
Palliative care identified as a community priority.In her Statement of Intent to the Minister the Latrobe Health Advocate named palliative care as a priority based on feedback from Latrobe communities.
Latrobe communities share their viewsBetween October and December 2018 people shared their experiences and concerns about existing palliative care services. They described limitations on beds, nurses, volunteers, service collaboration and hours of operation. People talked about the importance of having a peaceful nurturing environment where patients can have their privacy. People expressed a desire for a hospice in Latrobe describing this as something that could be non-clinical with gardens, space, professional support and respite for patients and their families.
Latrobe health professionals share their viewsLocal palliative care nurses shared their experiences and aspirations about local end of life palliative care services noting that there is high demand and a need to improve collaboration between health services. They identified the central role of GPs in end of life palliative care. They suggested that a hospice could resolve a number of existing challenges and would provide Latrobe communities with a totally different type of care that brings together a broader team of specialists that could provide a more holistic and specialised approach.