Palliative Care – VIC, QLD and NSW
The Order of Malta has been active in supporting the provision of quality palliative care in keeping with its mission “to practice charity towards my neighbours, especially the poor and the sick”.
In Victoria, for many years the Order has supported St Vincent’s palliative care hostel Caritas Christi in Kew and is a partner, along with St. Vincent’s and Outer Eastern Palliative Care Services in Eastern Palliative Care (EPC). EPC is heavily reliant on public support and Fundraising for the purchase of equipment.
In NSW, Members provide ongoing support to St Joseph’s Palliative Care Unit in Auburn.
The Order’s financial support has purchased equipment and improved facilities at the unit, which would not have been possible within the hospitals normal health budget. This has included portable infusion pumps for patient pain relief, refurbishment of the family and quiet room and a prognostic tool to assess patients at the unit, which has avoided the transfer of patients to Auburn District Hospital for assessment.
In Queensland, Members have provided support to Mt Olivet, now named St Vincent’s Hospital. Members on a regular basis sit with, console and listen to patients in their time of great need.
Most recently the branch committed to provide funds for the ongoing restocking of the drinks cart, which is a favourite amongst many patients. Additionally, Members have also established the Tess Cramond Memorial fund, in memory of our much loved and influential member, Prof Tess Cramond AO OBE. The Fund aims to have a more focused campaign on raising money and donating to the hospital for much-needed works in palliative care.
You can support our palliative care activities by making a tax deductible donation below: