End of Life Care Health Services

The goals of end-of-life care are to maintain the comfort, choices, and quality of life of a person who is recognised to be dying, not just in last days but for the period of a terminal condition that has become advanced, progressive and incurable. End of Life Care supports individuality; and to care for the psychosocial and spiritual needs of themselves and their families.

Support for families, if needed, continues after death as bereavement care. Care also aims to reduce avoidable healthcare interventions and offers a choice of place of care when possible.

Good end-of-life care is based on the understanding that death is inevitable, and a natural part of life. As the final stage in a person’s life it is a uniquely important time for the dying person and their family and close friends. Services are available in the Northern Sydney region to reach this goal.

For guidance or more information please speak to your GP or a Health Professional.

See Northern Sydney End of Life Care Services & Resources listed below.


Name:Advance Care Planning Australia
Phone:1300 208 582
Email:acpa@austin.org.au
Website:http://www.advancecareplanning.org.au
Description:

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, enabling Australians to make the best choices for their life and health care.

Referral Required:No

Name:Advance Care Planning Community Workbook
Website:http://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Advance-Care-Planning-Community-Workbook-NSLHD-includes-ACP-template.pdf
Description:

This workbook is a guide to help you through the process of advance care planning. It includes a
number of thought provoking questions to help you explore the values and beliefs that influence your health-care decisions.

Referral Required:No

Name:Be There Care
Phone:0401 176 143
Email:info@betherecare.com.au
Website:http://betherecare.com.au/
Description:

Provides carers and community support to the elderly or clients with a disability.

Referral Required:No

Name:CALD Advance Care Planning
Website:http://www.acptalk.com.au/
Description:

This website was designed in collaboration with Australian religious and cultural leaders and organisations. It is intended to provide informational support for health professionals conducting advance care planning with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

Referral Required:No

Name:HammondCare Greenwich Hospital
Location:97-115 River Road, Greenwich NSW 2065
Website:http://www.greenwichhospital.com.au/services/palliative-supportive-care
http://www.greenwichhospital.com.au/
Description:

A referral from your general practitioner or treating specialist is required for admission. Usually you will then be assessed by a palliative care clinician and transfers will be arranged as needed.

The Palliative & Supportive Care Unit provides palliative care for:

* Short-term admission for symptom management
* Admission to meet the special needs of patients in the final stages of their illness.
* Not a long-stay facility. If a patient should no longer require acute care, the Palliative Care Team will assist the patient and family or carers in choosing appropriate care such as return to home with community support or care in a hostel or nursing home.

22-bed inpatient facility within HammondCare Greenwich Hospital providing care for people within North Sydney, Willoughby, Mosman, Lane Cove and Ryde. Services include:

* Community services – includes nursing and allied health home visits and equipment loans
* Palliative Care Clinic
* Multidisciplinary team if needed
* Ambulatory Care
* Residential Aged Care Facility consultations if required

Referral Required:Yes

Name:HammondCare Neringah Hospital
Location:4-12 Neringah Avenue South, Wahroonga NSW 2076
Website:http://www.hammond.com.au/locations/wahroonga-neringah-hospital
Description:

A referral from your general practitioner or treating specialist is required for admission. Usually you will then be assessed by a palliative care clinician and transfers will be arranged as needed.

The Palliative & Supportive Care Unit provides palliative care for:

* Short-term admission for symptom management
* Admission to meet the special needs of patients in the final stages of their illness.
* Not a long-stay facility. If a patient should no longer require acute care, the Palliative Care Team will assist the patient and family or carers in choosing appropriate care such as return to home with community support or care in a hostel or nursing home.

19 bed hospital providing an integrated inpatient service and community palliative care service. For patients in the surrounding Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai areas. Services include:

* Community services – includes nursing and allied health home visits and equipment loan
* Palliative Care Clinic
* Multidisciplinary team if needed
* Ambulatory Care
* Residential Aged Care Facility consultations if required

Referral Required:Yes

Name:HammondCare Northern Beaches Palliative Care Service
Location:18 Coronation Street, Mona Vale NSW 2103
Website:http://www.hammond.com.au/locations/northern-beaches
Description:

A referral from your general practitioner or treating specialist is required for admission. Usually you will then be assessed by a palliative care clinician and transfers will be arranged as needed.

The Palliative & Supportive Care Unit provides palliative care for:

* Short-term admission for symptom management.
* Admission to meet the special needs of patients in the final stages of their illness.
* Not a long-stay facility. If a patient should no longer require acute care, the Palliative Care Team will assist the patient and family or carers in choosing appropriate care such as return to home with community support or care in a hostel or nursing home.

Operates out of a cottage on the Mona Vale Hospital campus for people within the Pittwater, Manly and Warringah region. Services include:

* Community services – includes nursing and allied health home visits and equipment loan.
* Palliative Care Clinic
* Multidisciplinary team if needed
* Ambulatory Care
* Residential Aged Care Facility consultations if required
* Phone-line for urgent clinical advice by staff specialist or clinical nurse consultant

Referral Required:Yes

Name:How to start the discussion - Dying to Talk Discussion Starter
Phone:02 9206 2094
Email:pcainc@palliativecare.org.au
Website:http://dyingtotalk.org.au/discussion-starter/
Description:

Supporting you to talk about how you want to be cared for at the end of your life.
You never know what the future holds. It is never too early to plan ahead. Talking now can help your family and friends in the future, and can make sure you get the kind of care that you want.

Referral Required:No

Name:KinCare
Phone:1300 733 510
Website:https://www.kincare.com.au/
Description:

If you are aged 65 and over and looking for help and support at home,KinCare’s aged care services can help you. They provide government-subsidised and privately-funded aged care packages specifically tailored to suit your needs.

Referral Required:No

Name:Ministry of Health NSW – Making an Advance Care Directive
Phone:02 9391 9000
Website:http://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Making-an-Advance-Care-Directive.pdf
Description:

The purpose of this Information Booklet is to provide information to help you complete your Advance Care Directive. An Advance Care Directive form is provided at the end of the booklet, for you to complete and tear off.

Referral Required:No

Name:Northern Sydney Home Nursing Service (NSHNS)
Location:NSW
Phone:(02) 9887 5444
Email:NSLHD-HCC@health.nsw.gov.au
Website:http://www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Services/Directory/Pages/Nth-Syd-Home-Nursing.aspx
Description:

Northern Sydney Home Nursing Service (NSHNS) provides community based nursing care to people both within their homes and in clinic environments throughout Northern Sydney.

Referral Required:No

Name:NSW Health - Palliative Care After Hours Helpline (for patients)
Phone:1800 548 225
Website:http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/palliativecare/Pages/after-hours-helpline.aspx
Description:

The helpline provides professional information, support and advice for palliative care patients, their carers and their families as well as health professionals where similar services do not exist. Intended to give people more choice about the care they receive at home, the helpline provides tailored advice and support at night, on weekends and public holidays:
Weekdays: 5pm-9am (AEST)
Weekends: 5pm Friday – 9am Monday
Public Holidays (National and NSW): from 5pm the day before to 9am the following business day.

The Helpline provides advice and support for patients:
* when their usual doctor, nurse, palliative care service is not available
* experiencing pain, a change in symptoms or any other concerning symptom
* question about symptoms or medication
* problem with equipment
* support to manage concerns, worries or fears
* information about other services available in their area

Referral Required:No

Name:NSW Paediatric Palliative Care Programme - John Hunter Children's Hospital
Location:Kookaburra circuit, New Lambton Heights, NSW 2305
Website:http://www.hnekidshealth.nsw.gov.au/site/palliative-care
Description:

The Paediatric Palliative Care Service at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital provides support to children and young people from the Hunter, New England or North Coast regions with life-threatening or life-limiting illness. The Service also aims to provide education, advice and support to health care professionals providing care to these young patients.

Referral Required:Yes

Name:NSW Paediatric Palliative Care Programme - Sydney Children's Hospital
Location:High St, Randwick NSW
Website:https://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/our-services/palliative-care/sch
Description:

The Palliative Care team at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick aims to provide compassionate care to children with life limiting illness and their families.

A team of specialist doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and chaplains work together to support families through illness and bereavement both in the Hospital and the community.

The Palliative Care team aim to achieve the best quality of life for children and families by providing the following services:

* Pain and symptom management
* Development of an individualised care plan
* Links to local community services
* Provided care and support in the hospital, home or hospice
* End of life care
* Grief support

Referral Required:Yes

Name:NSW Paediatric Palliative Care Programme - The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Location:170 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead NSW 2145
Website:https://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/our-services/palliative-care/chw
Description:

Provide support to patients and their families whether they are at home or during hospital admissions. They support the primary medical team of a patient referred to their service to enhance the coordination of care across the hospital and community setting. Their team can provide advice and support for complex symptom management and psychosocial support for all members of the family.

Offer a Palliative Care Family Suport Volunteer Program. Caring for a seriously ill child at home can be difficult and can place enormous physical and emotional strain on the whole family. Everyone in the family can feel they need a break and some time out.

Referral Required:Yes

Name:Palliative Care Australia
Website:http://palliativecare.org.au/
Description:

Provides information about access and support services for End of Life Care.

Referral Required:No

Name:Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH) Wahroonga Palliative Care Service
Location:155 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga NSW 2076
Website:www.sah.org.au/index
Description:

Services include:
* Inpatient care and Community services – including home vists
* Palliative Care Clinic

Referral Required:Yes

Name:Take control over the end of your life – what you need to know about advance care directives
Website:https://theconversation.com/take-control-over-the-end-of-your-life-what-you-need-to-know-about-advance-care-directives-62905
Description:

Take control over the end of your life. Advance care planning is one way to exercise control. The process involves discussing and expressing preferences about the kind of care you would or would not want in a situation where you lack the mental capacity to make decisions.

Referral Required:No