66 Koonwarra Road
Private Bag 13
Leongatha Vic 3953
03 5667 5661
Mon - Fri
8:30am - 5pm
South Gippsland Palliative Care is funded by the Department of Human Services to provide best practice Palliative Care services to the South Gippsland community free of charge.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care provides ongoing care for a person living with a progressive life threatening illness and their family and friends. It incorporates physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and social care, whilst being mindful of the cultural, social and financial influences on each individual person.
Aims of Palliative Care
To empower and support the patient and family by providing relevant information and by involving them in all decision making in regard to care. This includes the site of care, whether it be at home, in an acute hospital or in residential aged care.
To improve the quality of life of the patient by ensuring that they maintain their dignity and autonomy.
To relieve pain and symptoms by accurate assessment and management by a team of health professionals.
To assist patients and families to come to terms with the illness by supporting them to express their feelings, grieve their losses and address their concerns.
To not hasten death nor prolong life inappropriately.
Palliative Care Team
We are a team who have different professional backgrounds, but who work together in order to provide care for the “whole” person, including their family and friends. In addition to the “core” Palliative Care team, we access other support services provided by both private and public institutions when required to cater for the specific needs of each individual. A palliative medicine specialist from Peninsula Health provides regular visits and secondary telephone consults as required.
Volunteers are in integral part of the Palliative Care team. They can provide companionship, support and respite to clients and their families. They can assist you with transport, accompany you shopping or on trips to the doctor or they can sit with the client while a family member has a break or attends to other commitments.
Volunteers are caring team members whose focus is different to that of the professional team members. They provide companionship for both the client and the family and will assist you in any way possible within their role.
Anyone can apply to the Palliative Care Program Co-ordinator to undergo the selection and training process to become a volunteer. The selection criteria applied ensures that our volunteers are committed and caring members of the community whose focus is on confidentially assisting clients, with the support of the professional members of the Palliative Care team.
Other Services Offered
Individual and community education is provided by the members of the team in a range of forms, tailored to the needs of those requesting the service.
Access to equipment for use in the home is available for clients on the Palliative Care program.
Liaison between other care providers (eg. Metropolitan hospitals, chemotherapy units, home help etc) and coordination of these services to best meet the needs of the clients.
Consultation with our Social Workers about how to best manage any change in your financial circumstances eg. Centrelink or other assistance.
Please contact the Program Coordinator/Nurse Consultant for further information, on the office number listed above.
Sometimes people will require a little extra support and our service has accredited grief counselors who are available for individual sessions. This service is offered to the client and to family members or friends who require a “safe” and confidential environment to discuss their concerns and to receive practical and emotional support during the process of grieving.
Bereavement care is provided to help the client and family to come to terms with their experiences of loss. This is an ongoing service, which continues to provide support after the death of a client, to all significant family and friends.
Palliative Care Program Coordinator/Nurse Consultant
Phone: 03 5667 5661
Fax: 03 5667 5535
District Nursing Services
Gippsland Southern Health Service, Korumburra & Leongatha
Phone: 03 5654 2722
South Gippsland Hospital, Foster
Phone: 03 5683 9774
Phone: 03 5667 5522
Leongatha Healthcare – Phone 03 5662 2201
Long Street Family Medicine - Phone 5662 4455
Korumburra Medical Centre – Phone 03 5655 1355
Foster Medical Centre – Phone 03 5682 2088
Mirboo North Medical Centre – Phone 03 5668 1234
Gippsland Southern Health Service, Leongatha and Korumburra
Phone: 03 5667 5555
South Gippsland Hospital, Foster
Phone: 03 5683 9777
Palliative Care Victoria – 03 9662 9644
Palliative Care Australia – 02 6232 4433
National Association for Loss and Grief – 03 9331 3555
Grief Line – 03 9596 7799
Anti Cancer Council – 131 120