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Anam Cara House Geelong

Tuesday, 1 May 2018



Anam Cara House Geelong

Ms COUZENS (Geelong) (14:43:40) It was an honour to visit Anam Cara House in Geelong, a day hospice, to announce to guests, board members, ambassadors, staff and volunteers that the Andrews government will provide funding of just over $1 million to increase respite hours. This funding will increase the number of respite days from two to five.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the guests and chat to them about what the extra respite days will mean to them, their families and carers. They talked about how their family carers can now spend time shopping, going to Pilates or catching up with a friend for lunch while they the guests enjoy the activities and social time with other guests and staff at Anam Cara. I want to thank Diana Taylor and Kerry Dmytrenko and their committed team at Anam Cara, and a special thanks to the Minister for Health for her passion and commitment to end‑of‑life care services in Geelong. The Minister for Health's visits to Anam Cara have been warmly welcomed by all. Minister, this one is for Annie.

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MEDIA RELEASE
WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018

ANAM CARA HOUSE GEELONG RECEIVES $1.1M TO SUPPORT PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH LIFE-LIMITING ILLNESSES, FAMILIES AND CARERS

- VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT END-OF-LIFE CARE ANCILLARY SERVICE GRANT

Geelong-based end-of-life care and hospice service provider Anam Cara House Geelong has received $1.1Million from the Andrews Labor Government to provide greater support for people diagnosed with a life limiting illness.

According to Anam Cara House Geelong Chair Diana Taylor, the grant will enable the not-for-profit organisation to significantly expand its services in the region through community outreach and capacity building - enabling people to stay at home for longer.

Anam Cara provides support services in a home like environment for people from Geelong and the region who have been diagnosed with chronic and life-limiting illnesses. This support also extends to families and carers.

With this new funding, our day hospice program will now be expanded from two days a week to five days a week, including one day on a weekend. The grant will also support our community outreach program.

This grant means that not only will more people be cared for by Anam Cara and supported in their homes for longer, but it will enable us to sustainably plan for our long-term future, Ms Taylor said.

Anam Cara is a community-funded, fully accredited, non-denominational organisation supporting people with chronic and life-limiting illness, their carers and families.

Established over 10 years ago, Anam Cara is the only specialised hospice facility in the Geelong region to integrate hospice, respite and end-of-life care in a home-like environment with an emphasis on holistic care. Included within this care framework is volunteer support, complementary therapies and knowledge sharing with staff, carers and guests.

On behalf of Anam Cara House Geelong's board, staff and volunteers, I wish to thank the Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, the Member for Geelong Christine Couzens and the Department of Health and Human Services for their support over many years and for this significant grant to support and expand our provision of care.

The collective belief and dedication in providing greater support to carers and families of people diagnosed with a life limiting illness, and providing increased consumer choice in end-of-life care, has been paramount to today's announcement, Ms Taylor said.

For more information about Anam Cara House Geelong visit www.achg.org.au or call 03 5222 5831.

Media contact: Alana Whitten; a.whitten@achg.org.au


MEDIA RELEASE
TUESDAY 17 APRIL 2018

ANAM CARA HOUSE GEELONG APPOINTS NEW GENERAL MANAGER

- NURSE PRACTITIONER KERRY DMYTRENKO

Local community hospice Anam Cara House Geelong has appointed specialist nurse practitioner Kerry Dmytrenko as its new general manager.

According to Anam House Geelong Board Chair Diana Taylor, Ms Demytrenko has been Health Operations Manager at Anam Cara House Geelong since November 2016 and brings over thirty years of nursing experience including significant expertise caring for people with a life-limiting illness.

Kerry possesses deep insights into the nuances of care for people with life-limiting conditions. She is passionate about working with the Anam Cara team and is an energetic and tenacious person who rises to the challenge, Ms Taylor said.

Ms Dmytrenko trained at Geelong Hospital and holds a number of Post Graduate Degrees including a Masters of Nursing (Palliative Care) and Masters in Health Management. Kerry is also an endorsed Nurse Practitioner.

Kerry will be an integral part of Anam Cara Geelong as we move towards an exciting future. With new State Government funding to support the delivery of our services, Kerry's strong track record, and honest and transparent management style, has already proven invaluable in leading her team through organisation wide-change.

On behalf of the Board, Staff & Volunteers, I welcome Kerry to her new role, which comes at a time when the organisation is experiencing significant transformation. Anam Cara House Geelong continues to grow and evolve, and we are thrilled to have Kerry at the forefront managing the organisation, Ms Taylor said.

Anam Cara House Geelong is a not for profit, non-denominational, community hospice based in the St Marys Presbytery in Myers Street Geelong. Anam Cara House Geelong provides end of life care & overnight respite, day respite, visiting family and carer accommodation, equipment loans program for home-based care and community outreach home visits.

For more information about Anam Cara House Geelong visit www.achg.org.au or call 03 5222 5831.


Media contact: Alana Whitten; a.whitten@achg.org.au



SOURCE; Geelong Advertiser: Thursday 12/04/18

Region's palliative care services get $1m boost

Olivia Shying, Geelong Advertiser

 

 

A $1.1 million dollar funding boost to Geelong's end-of-life care services will give residents who want to die at home better access to the services they need.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy on Wednesday morning announced Geelong's Anam Cara House as one of six Victorian services to receive a share in $5.5 million of funding through the government's End-of-life Ancillary Service Grant program.

The $1.1 million boost will support more terminally ill people to be cared for, and die, at home.

The Myers Street service will use the funding to boost assistance for healthcare aids and equipment to help patients and their families with day-to-day activities, practical in-home support, transport to shops and medical appointments, and respite for families.

These services are not-for-profit, non-government organisations that assist people, families and carers to manage the day-to-day activities associated with caring for someone with terminal illness at home.

PALLIATIVE CARE PROVIDER ANAM CARA FACES ONGOING FUNDING BATTLE

Ms Hennessy said the services provide an invaluable addition to the direct care delivered by palliative care, health and other mainstream services.

We know that many people who are terminally ill want to die at home close to family and loved ones, Ms Hennessy said.

This funding will give people in Geelong the support they need to be cared for.

Anam Cara House chair Diana Taylor said staff were overwhelmed by the funding announcement.

As a not-for-profit whose unique form of care has a core focus on hospice care, this grant will enable Anam Cara Geelong to significantly expand its services in the region through community outreach and capacity building enabling people to stay at home for longer, Ms Taylor said.

Significantly, our day hospice program will now be expanded from two days per week to five days per week, including one day on a weekend.

This grant means that not only will more people be cared for by Anam Cara and supported in their homes for longer, but it will enable our organisation to sustainably plan for its long term future.

Victoria became the first state to pass assisted dying legislation last year, meaning patients will be able to apply for lethal medication.

The state government has pledged to inject $62 million in additional funding over the next five years for palliative care.

Other services to receive the funding include Ballarat's Shannon's Bridge, the Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria, Little Dreamers Australia, Peace of Mind Foundation and the Warrnambool and District Community Hospice.