Kyneton District Health recently received a funding boost of more than $210,000 to support Palliative Care patients in the Macedon Ranges.

Macedon Ranges Community Nurses at Kyneton District HealthFollowing a submission to the Department of Health and Human Services Palliative Care Infrastructure Grant, almost $192,000 was allocated for the purchase of equipment to help care for palliative care patients in the home including mobility aids, medical appliances and clinical support systems.

We were also allocated $18,000 from the Palliative Care Service Innovation and Development Grant scheme to launch two projects to improve patients’ links with clinical support.

The Palliative Care Link Project will focus on enhancing referrals from local Residential Aged Care Facilities to KDH Community Palliative Care Services. This builds upon the work already undertaken by our Palliative Care nurses delivering education to staff working at Residential Aged Care Facilities.

The Rural Communications Link Project will look at ways we can facilitate palliative care telelink consultations. We already provide telelinks with the Victorian Adult Respiratory service so this project will build upon our experience to bring palliative care consultations to our patients’ homes.

Congratulations to our community nursing team on their success in securing funding to better support palliative care patients across the Macedon Ranges!