The community is being invited to help shape a new palliative care volunteer service.
A workshop will be held in Goulburn on Thursday, February 13 to gain input from people with an interest in end-of-life care.
Fiona Sivyer from Palliative Care NSW has been working closely with the specialist palliative care nursing teams on how to better support those that are living with a life limiting illness, their families and carers.
"It's a common misconception that palliative care is only required for terminal care at the very end of life. In fact, the opposite is true," she said.
"Palliative care is all about supporting people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness to live well for as long as possible.
"Enlisting the help of volunteers is a great way to provide compassionate and confidential support, especially in rural and regional areas where access to services can be a challenge."
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Ms Sivyer is turning to the locals and asking for their input into the design of future services.
"A community-based palliative care volunteer service should reflect the needs and wishes of the community. If you have any experiences of or interest in end-of-life care, we invite you to share your ideas with us at our Community Vision Workshops. Everyone is welcome," she said.
The Community Vision Workshops are being held in the level 2 conference room of Queanbeyan Hospital on Wednesday, February 12 from 3:30 - 5pm; and in Goulburn at the Bourke St Health Service Day Centre on Thursday, February 13 from 3:30 - 5pm.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Fiona at email@example.com
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