Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

End of Life Care, Connecting with Communities

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

End of Life Care, Connecting with Communities

Article excerpt

SUNSHINE Coast Hospital and Health Service invites community members to share their experiences about care at the end

of life by participating in focus groups across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions.

SCHHS geriatrician and clinical service director, community integrated and subacute services, Dr John Endacott, will facilitate the groups.

Dr Endacott recognises death as a community event rather than a "medical" event.

"One hundred per cent of us are born. One hundred per cent of us die. In between, 100 per cent of us have a story," Dr Endacott said.

"In health care, it can be easy to forget about that story and focus instead only on the disease.

"Hospitals are actually part of communities.

"As communities, we have an opportunity to come together and care for people at the end of their lives to fulfil their wishes for that last chapter of the story.

"From a health service's perspective, this means we need to support and understand the network of people on the Sunshine Coast who care for our patients at the end of life - spouses, families, friends, neighbours, club members and so on. …

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