CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

The views and opinions expressed in our blog series are those of the authors and are not necessarily supported by CareSearch, Flinders University and/or the Australian Government Department of Health.
 

Reflections of my time in Daw House

A guest blog post by Sharenne Codrington, ANUM, Laurel Hospice

  • 18 December 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
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Reflections of my time in Daw House
I started out my career as an enrolled nurse and after a few short term positions spent 21 years at Ashford Hospital.  While I was there and aged about 33, my brother died after a short diagnosis of cancer at age 35 – way too young and with much still to give.  He spent a few weeks in Daw House hospice – my introduction to this facility and palliative care.  I was so inspired with the way care could be delivered and the compassion with which staff went about their work that I decided then and there that this was the way I wished to work going forward.  I learnt that, at that time, there was no hope of employment at Daw House for an enrolled nurse, so decided that I would study to become a registered nurse to realise my desire to work in this field. 

Reflections of a palliative care pharmacist at the Repatriation General Hospital

A guest blog post by Jenny Casanova, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

  • 6 December 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
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Reflections of a palliative care pharmacist at the Repatriation General Hospital
Since 2004 I have had the privilege of being the clinical pharmacist at Daw House, a 15-bed hospice based at Repat Hospital, which is in the original homestead built prior to the hospital’s 1942 inception. The first patient came to Daw House in 1988 and the last left in 2017, transferred to the new Laurel Hospice at Flinders Medical Centre. 

During the time that I have been with Southern Adelaide Palliative Service, the nature of palliative care has changed enormously.

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