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Palliative Care for Ageing People

The experience of our service is that palliative care providers care for an ageing population, especially over the age of 65 years. There has been an increase in community palliative care services to meet this need. Most clients and their families access palliative care services because of cancer-related illness, but we believe that our expertise should be available to clients suffering all forms of life-threatening illness and their families. As this change of focus is becoming more widely understood, palliative care providers in Victoria have experienced significant increases in admission figures. This chapter particularly explores these issues from the perspective of the older person at home requiring palliative care

Contents include

  • Directional service changes in the community
  • How to work together in the community
  • Cancer
  • Cancer and other palliative care illnesses affecting the ageing person
  • The team approach
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Author / Editor Biographies

Gail Hessell completed her registered nurse training at Auckland Hospital in New Zealand and her postgraduate qualifications in palliative care at Wellington, New Zealand. She had extensive surgical and medical nursing experience in hospitals in New Zealand as well as community-based experience, commencing in 1987 as a Charge Nurse of Community Health Services in Wellington. In 1992 she came to Australia where she has held senior positions at Melbourne City Mission and Melbourne Eastern Palliative Care Service. At present Gail is a senior executive member at Eastern Palliative Care, with assoc...

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