Catholic health organisations united in Melbourne yesterday, to discuss the need for equitable access to palliative care at end of life.
Convening at the Australian Catholic University, representatives from aged care, hospitals and health care, noted the importance of broadening access to the model of care practiced by Catholic organisations in various settings.
Led by Catholic Health Australia, the meeting comes as the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 is set to roll out in Victoria in June this year.
For the first time, Catholic organisations have worked together to build on the centuries old practice of providing multidisciplinary support to people in their final months of life.
Launch of the (VIC) Response Taskforce core principles incorporated the Clinical Governance Framework anticipated to be adopted by Catholic organisations.
‘Our care for people who are sick, frail, aged or disabled is founded on love and respect for the inherent dignity of every human being.’
Associate Professor Natasha Michael from Cabrini summed up the day by celebrating the strength of the human spirit saying as people we are always hopeful.
Professor Michael believes today’s healthcare professionals, are writing today’s Gospel.
‘People who are sick, respond to authenticity.’
The day provided a framework for ongoing advocacy and work to improve equitable access to palliative care and providing a strong alternative to Voluntary Assisted Dying.
The CHA Taskforce organisations include Calvary, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, St John of God Health Care, Cabrini, Catholic Healthcare, St Vincents Health Australia and Mercy Health.