hospice@HOME a statewide success

THE Hobart District Nurses have bid farewell to the project form of its statewide in-home palliative care program hospice@HOME (h@H).

The winner of the Tasmanian Aged Care Organisation Award 2014, h@H has seen more than 2000 Tasmanians achieve their wish of dying in the place of their own choosing.

The District Nurses released the program’s interim report at the Museum of Old and New Art in late March, where it took the opportunity to launch a new video that detailed personalised experiences of clients in the program.

The District Nurses chief executive officer Kim Macgowan said the service’s vision for the program had been bold, ambitious and innovative.

“It was an altruistic vision for end-of-life care, with a commitment of equitable access for all Tasmanians,” she said.

“h@H has now provided services through more than 60 brokered partners to every city, town and hamlet, on every mountain and island – while h@H in its project form has come to an end, our work will not be over.”

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who delivered the keynote speech at the event, said h@H highlighted how communities could come together collaboratively to effectively deliver services across the state.

“Tasmania has been extremely fortunate that a not-for-profit organization such as The District Nurses were afforded the opportunity to coordinate the delivery of end-of-life care in our state and provide support to regional and remote areas efficiently,” she said.

Caption: From left, Speaker of the House of Assembly and keynote speaker Elise Archer, Labor leader Rebecca White and Greens Member for Franklin Rosalie Woodruff at the District Nurses hospice@HOME event.