Resources for Resilience

Welcome to the first Blog post of  Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative.

Since I started to write the first draft of this blog, our lives have been changed in many ways. While we try to minimise the health impacts of Covid-19 in our families and communities, nationally and internationally, the resourcefulness and resilience of every person is being challenged. We are required to live ‘at a distance’ from each other at all times, not necessarily just at times that we choose. This isolation can be quite distressing for many vulnerable and elderly people in our communities, especially those who are at the end of their lives, and their carers. Palliative care patients and their families, are being asked to change many established routines such as who visits and for how long.

There is support to be found through the many and varied resources that organisations have compiled to help people through difficult times. One such organisation is Palliative Care Australia. If you are challenged by the changes you are experiencing at this time, you may find it helpful to look at the Palliative Care Australia website and resources (https://palliativecare.org.au/resources).  Palliative Care Australia has formed the Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group (ACPCWG) in partnership with other peak bodies to help optimise palliative care services preparedness as part of whole of health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Palliative Care Australia resources are available for everyone, as well as more specifically for patients and carers. There are Multilingual brochures about palliative care in 17 community languages. Please leave a comment if you find a particular resource helpful so that others may benefit from your experience.