A Message from Uncle Moogy: The Vital role of Palliative Care

There is something very important I want to talk to you about. It is about, when you come to the end of your life. Palliative care is about you, about making you feel comfortable. If there is no way that they can fix you up or get rid of whatever you have got. You may last a couple of weeks, you may last a few years. But it will make you feel good, to know that they are looking after you, make your relatives feel good about you enjoying the last few years of your life. I’d encourage you to look at that, look at Palliative Care. This is what we need to do. Thank you for listening to me.” A message from Uncle Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner.

Uncle Moogy’s words carry profound wisdom and compassion, highlighting the significance of palliative care in our lives. His message reminds us that while the end of life is an inevitable journey, we can approach it with dignity, comfort, and support.

Palliative care is all about you and your loved ones. It’s designed for those with life-limiting illnesses, focusing on optimising the quality of life. It’s not just about managing physical symptoms but also addressing emotional, spiritual, and social needs.

By prioritising comfort, palliative care ensures that individuals can spend their remaining time in the best possible way, surrounded by loved ones and free from unnecessary suffering. This compassionate approach makes every moment count, focusing on what truly matters the most to each individual.

New Resource for Palliative Care – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Through funding from the Greater Choice for at Home Palliative Care initiative, Country SA PHN has developed a valuable resource for general practices. This resource encourages patients with chronic illness to seek palliative care support.

Four respected local community leaders - Uncle Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner, Aunty Michelle Jacquelin-Furr, Uncle Adrian Ware and Margi Sumner - have supported this initiative by providing recorded video messages. These messages encourage community members to consider palliative care and are available now FREE to general practices in country South Australia on the digital Healthily GoShare platform.

View a sample of the Palliative Care bundle

Also included in this bundle are recorded video messages on Advance Care Planning and End of Life. To begin and gain access to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples information bundles for your patients, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

For more information contact Debbie Timpano, Palliative Care Project Officer.
Email or call 8303 7716

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