The Far West LHD recently welcomed Janet Pearce as their Community Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator. This is a new part-time role for the LHD funded by the NSW Ministry of Health, specifically looking at developing community palliative care volunteer services, which will complement the existing inpatient volunteer services managed by Mary Leehane Volunteer Manager FWLHD.
Janet joins the Palliative Care team after a career in aged care, dementia services and health worker training. Janet will initially focus on developing the Broken Hill Community Palliative Care Volunteer Service, and then explore the needs in the smaller communities. Janet will spend a week with some services in Sydney in the next month, looking and learning from other Volunteer Service Managers.
Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer and Palliative Care Services FWLHD, said, “ We are so pleased to have Janet as a new and valued member of our Palliative Care Team, and look forward to re-establishing community palliative care volunteer services that haven’t existed since the late 1990’s. There are very exciting times ahead for our service”.