Colleen’s com­pas­sion recog­nised

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

COLLEEN McLe­vie is more than a chap­lain to her fel­low staff at Kala­munda Hos­pi­tal.

She was re­cently hon­oured with the com­pas­sion­ate care award at the Health Con­sumer Ex­cel­lence Awards.

“She is a coun­sel­lor, con­fi­dant, friend, daugh­ter, mother and sis­ter, help­ing those who are con­fronted with life, death and dy­ing to come to terms with their sit­u­a­tion. Her role in bring­ing fam­i­lies to­gether dur­ing such a dis­tress­ing time is in­valu­able,” her col­leagues said.

Colleen said she was “in­trin­si­cally in­ter­ested in hu­man­ity”.

“I am in­ter­ested in the pa­tient’s story, in learn­ing about their lives, and in that mo­ment as their life is nar­row­ing down pro­vid­ing com­pan­ion­ship and trust so that they can tell their story to some­one.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what their story is, it is very pre­cious. It’s not a job for me. It’s some­thing that I am pas­sion­ate about.”

She said she could never work in iso­la­tion from col- leagues and re­lied on them.

“We all work to­gether for a beau­ti­ful out­come for the patients. From the gar­dener, to the kitchen, every­body at the hos­pi­tal cares,” she said.

Colleen has held the role for 11 years.

■ Kala­munda Hos­pi­tal pro­vides an in­pa­tient pal­lia­tive care ser­vice and on Wed­nes­day marked Na­tional Pal­lia­tive Care Week with an af­ter­noon tea, bag­pipes and the re­lease of but­ter­flies to rep­re­sent the lives the hos­pi­tal cares for.

Colleen McLe­vie be­tween Kala­munda Hos­pi­tal nurs­ing as­sis­tant co- or­di­na­tor Jo Har­ris and Ar­madale Hos­pi­tal speech pathol­ogy co- or­di­na­tor Danielle Kil­mur­ray.

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