Palliative Care Week – a time to talk about dying
During this year’s Palliative Care Week, the community is being encouraged to talk about death and dying.
National Palliative Care Week runs from Sunday 24 - Saturday 30 May 2015. This year's theme is: ‘Dying to talk; talking about dying won't kill you’.
Australians do not like to talk about death and dying, it is one of the last taboos. But death happens to us all and we need to plan and prepare for it.
The Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team wants people to feel more comfortable talking about what their wishes and needs are as they approach the end of life. Australians need to be comfortable and confident to ask for the care they want.
Local communities are encouraged to have a conversation with their loved ones and health professionals about their needs and wishes for the end of life.
Almost two in three Australians believe death and dying isn’t discussed enough in the community, according to a survey released by Palliative Care Au ...
Free medicine safety information session
The Ballarat Health Services (BHS) Pharmacy is encouraging the community to learn more about the importance of using medicines safely at a free information session later this month.
The information session will be held on Monday 25 May 2015 at the Education Resource Centre, Ballarat Base Hospital (enter from Sturt Street), commencing at 6pm.
Guest speaker will be pharmacist Anna McIntyre (Clinical Services Specialist, National Prescribing Service - Medicinewise Program).
Ms McIntyre will present on a range of topics, including:
How to correctly dispose of unwanted medicines
The importance of having a regular pharmacy/pharmacist
The risk of self-medicating, even for minor conditions.
BHS Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Quality Use of Medicines and Dispensary Services), Jaclyn Baker, said that it is important for people to understand the correct use of their medicine.
“It is important when people are prescribed a medicine by their doctor, or purchase ‘over the ...
Recognising the contribution of volunteers
Ballarat Health Services is celebrating the contribution of its volunteers during this week’s National Volunteer Week.
The theme for this year is “Give Happy, Live Happy”.
BHS has more than 270 volunteers in many areas including the Emergency Department, Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, aged care, outpatients clinics, fundraising and allied health.
BHS Volunteer Services Manager, Sue Jakob, says that volunteers help provide many additional services for patients, residents and clients.
“The work of our wonderful volunteers complements that undertaken by our paid staff. Our volunteers help provide many activities that we would otherwise be unable to provide, such as running fundraising stalls, delivering newspapers to patients, making cups of tea and providing support and companionship to patients and their carer’s and families.
“Our volunteers are an extremely valuable part of what we do, and National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to recogni ...
Base Hospital access
To access all wards and clinics, you can enter the hospital via:
The Mair Street car park entrance (adjacent to Radiology) and take the purple lifts or
The Sturt Street entrance, take the blue lift to level one and follow the red line to the purple lifts to wards and clinics
Patient drop off zones are available in the Mair Street carpark and outside the Sturt Street entry.
For access to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Pharmacy, Dialysis and Ballarat Consulting Suites, use the Sturt Street entrance.
Entry to the Emergency Department is from Mair Street.
Car parking is available in the Mair Street multi-storey car park
Disabled parking is available on the ground level of the Mair Street carpark and near the Sturt Steet hospital and Mental Health Services entrances
Limited free and metered parking is available in surrounding streets