Little things that count
Palliative care volunteers do their part
MT Druitt Hospital’s palliative and supportive care unit has started a volunteer program to raise the quality of life for those with terminal illness.
The Western Sydney Palliative Care Volunteer Service will see volunteers spending time with patients, doing anything from hand massages and reading the newspaper to going for walks in the garden.
“This volunteer program was introduced as a result of a statewide review of the services available for palliative care patients,” volunteer co-ordinator Kylie Clark said.
“Palliative care allows patients with a life-limiting illness to have the best quality of life while receiving this care.”
Gordon Munday, 71, of Plumpton, said he was excited about the program.
“It’s something I’ve been looking forward to,” Mr Munday said.
“It just fits in with my time. I drive special needs kids to and from school. So I’ll be volunteering between 9.30am and 2pm. I just can’t sit still; I’ve got to be contributing something. Life’s too short to just sit back and waste time.”
Mr Munday said quality was important for those at the end of their life.
“It’s something we look for, even when we’re healthy, but these people have been given a terminal illness,” he said.
“We’ll be doing all those little things: massaging their hands, taking them out into the garden, reading to them, or getting them coffee.”
For more details, call 9881 1695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mt Druitt Hospital palliative and supportive care volunteer Gordon Munday and patient Brian Jolly, of Rooty Hill.