Caring for our family and elders and our community on their journey to finishing up is an important role for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Like everything else in our lives, everything works better when we come together! There is strength in numbers. The time spent together during this journey bonds us and is an important time to address our concerns and worries.
They told us in the city hospital that there was nothing more they could do. We wanted to bring him home and they transferred him to the local hospital… I took him home for about three months with help from palliative nurses… they gave me a bed in the hospital in the room with him so in the last—you know, we’d been together—43 years we were,
A family member’s story of caring. From Managing Two Worlds Together: Study 3 - The Experiences of Patients and Their Carers (902kb pdf).
Source: Kelly J, Dwyer J, Mackean T, Willis E, O’Donnell K, Battersby M, et al. Managing Two Worlds Together: Study 3 - The Experiences of Patients and Their Carers (902kb pdf). Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute; 2011. Page 35.
Last updated 19 August 2021