About the PalliChat Brisbane south Project

PalliChat Brisbane south is an initiative of Palliative Care Queensland funded by Brisbane South Primary Health Network. Its overarching goal is to increase the support, access and care options for older people living with a life-limiting condition.

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The project is inspired by compassionate communities initiatives worldwide, particularly the Mendip Health Connectors project and Last Aid international.

The project grew from the results of the 2019 Brisbane south morning tea (published in the PCQ Compassionate Communities Conversation Series 2020) and arose from an assessment of need by the BSPHN, which identified that people facing ageing, loss and grief can need more understanding and assistance to access to access the support they need regarding palliative and end of life care.

What areas does PalliChat Cover?

PalliChat covers the Brisbane South PHN’s geographic boundary. It is directly aligned with that of the Metro South Health local hospital network.

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About Palliative Care Queensland

PalliChat Brisbane South is a project of Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ).

PCQ is an independent not-for-profit peak body with charitable status representing the people who care for Queenslanders living with life limiting conditions. Queensland Compassionate Communities (QCC) is the community arm of Palliative Care.

Our belief: The way we care for our dying is a significant indicator of our society’s values

Our mission: Quality care at the end of life for all

Our vision: to hear Queensland community members say:

 

“I live in a community where everybody recognises that we all have a role to play in supporting each other in times of loss, ageing, dying and grief. We are ready, willing and confident to have conversations about living, ageing, dying and grieving well, and to support each other in emotional and practical ways”.

PCQ has been operating for over 30 years, has over 300 members and is a founding member of Palliative Care Australia. PCQ members include health professionals across all sectors of health, specialist and generalist palliative care services, aged care, disability care, peak bodies, as well as consumers and interested members of the Queensland community. Collectively, the PCQ membership body holds tremendous knowledge and wisdom about the challenges the sector faces and the opportunities those challenges can bring.

About Brisbane South Primary Health Network

PalliChat Brisbane south is a project funded by Brisbane South Primary Health Network (BSPHN).

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 Brisbane South PHN is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with local community organisations, health care professionals, regional hospital and health services, state and federal governments, and the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to support a well-coordinated and collaborative primary health system.

The PHN is committed to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services and improving health and wellbeing in Brisbane south. They do this by both supporting primary care providers and directly commissioning services.

The PHN region contains 23% of Queensland’s population. This includes a large proportion of vulnerable populations, including culturally and linguistically diverse peoples, refugees, older persons, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Brisbane south region covers a large geographic area south of the Brisbane River, including metropolitan, rural and remote island locations, and its residents have varied expectations about health and health services.

Visit https://bsphn.org.au/ to learn more

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Given the wide variations in social determinants of health, health behaviours, health outcomes and system/service availability, our role is particularly important for those most vulnerable in the community and at risk of poor health outcomes.

The PHN support the primary health sector through:

  • Providing support services so health service providers can be better placed to deliver care to patients, keeping them healthy and out of hospital.
  • Providing workforce development through training and education.
  • Working with practices to understand and use eHealth systems.
  • Careful analysis and planning to identify and address health service gaps.
  • Working with others to purchase or commission health services for local groups most in need, including patients with complex chronic conditions or mental illness.

About Compassionate Communities

PalliChat Brisbane South is a project focusing on building compassionate communities.

“A city is not merely a place to work and access services but equally a place to enjoy support in the safety and protection of each other’s company, in schools, workplaces, places of worship and recreation, in cultural forums and social networks anywhere within the city’s influence, even to the end of our days” .  Compassionate city charter, A Kellehear


For more information:  http://www.compassionatecommunities.net.au/

Free One-to-One Support

Patients and their families can book free sessions with one of our PalliWellbeing Connectors.

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Group Support

We run a number of groups in the Brisbane south region and online. 

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Training

Our trainings are all about the power of communities to support each other and spread information.

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Networks

Our networks aim to connect likeminded individuals and organisations.