Palliative Care NSW Volunteer Support Services Programme
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Complementary Therapies: How are volunteers involved?

In 2018 Austyn Petroccitto, intern from Macquarie University, along with Kate Bowman & Alex Huntir from the Volunteer Support Services Programme studied the practices of palliative care volunteer managers in providing complementary therapies through volunteers.

The research sought to understand the types of, and rationale for the, complementary therapies being offered and the associated challenges and benefits of managing and delivering these therapies to clients within programs that involve volunteers.

The study identified 16 different complementary therapies were practiced by palliative care volunteers. The most common modalities used were hand massage with a total of 90% of respondents using this therapy as part of their service, followed by foot massage (60%), art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, hairdressing and manicure (30%), body massage, reflexology and aromatherapy (20%) and Reiki, yoga, play and acupressure (10%).

Click here for more information and to download the report Investigating the provision of complementary therapies by palliative care volunteer services.

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  1. Rosalie Crispin
    February 27, 2019

    I am interested in some work writing biographies for palliative care patients in Newcastle.
    As I live in Newcastle I am eager to find some training available in NSW.
    Thanking you
    Rosalie Crispin

    • Kate Bowman
      March 12, 2019

      Hi Rosalie.
      That’s great that you are interested in biography. I can see you have already signed up to be kept in the loop about biography services in NSW. We will be sure to share information with you as it arises.


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