Home' Southern Health News : Southern Health News July 2018 Edition Contents In this special four-page lift-out we salute Southern Adelaide Local
Health’s (SALHN’s) unique palliative care services located within the
Division of Rehabilitation, Aged and Palliative Care.
Palliative care is an active care that aims to relieve suffering and
promote comfort when cure is no longer possible.
The SALHN model of palliative care encourages people to live as full
a life as they are able to when faced with a life limiting illness. The
model of care is based on the philosophy of ‘whole person’ care which
integrates physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual support
for patients, their families and significant others.
Southern Adelaide Palliative Services
(SAPS) is a specialist palliative care
service for adults who have a life
limiting illness and who reside in
the southern metropolitan region of
SAPS is based at the new Rehabilitation
and Palliative Care building at Flinders
Medical Centre (FMC). Palliative care
provides a consultative service to
patients in their home, acute hospitals,
and aged care facilities. Direct palliative
care is provided in Laurel Hospice at
FMC. The clinical work that occurs
in the other settings outside of the
hospice supports our patients to meet
one of their key desires, which is to
be at home for as long as possible.
Currently we have just over 480 active
clients on our program receiving
varying levels of service depending on
Services offered by SAPS include:
> Outpatient clinics at FMC, GP Plus
Super Clinic Noarlunga and GP Plus
Health Care Centre Marion.
> Community support. The palliative
care team supports the care provided
by general practitioners and nurses
to patients in their home and in
residential care facilities.
> After hours support. SAPS has a
palliative care nurse and doctor on-
call after hours and weekends for
> Palliative Care Initial Assessment
Clinic. This clinic assists people
who have been diagnosed with a
progressive life-limiting illness and are
likely to require the support of the
palliative care service in the future.
This clinic focuses on providing timely
information that assists planning and
identifies how and where support
can be accessed.
> Laurel Hospital, a 15-bed short
stay palliative care inpatient unit,
is located on the top floor of the
Rehabilitation and Palliative Care
building at FMC. The new Laurel
Hospice is a bright, sunny specialist
palliative care service for patients
with complex needs. Each patient
has their own room and bathroom,
allowing for greater comfort and
privacy. A feature of the hospice is a
rooftop garden for the enjoyment of
patients, their families and friends.
“Our multi-disciplinary team is very
comprehensive and includes specialist
doctors, nurses, psychiatrist, social
worker, allied health professionals,
volunteer manager, bereavement
coordinator, complementary care
coordinator, specially trained volunteers
and volunteer therapists and an art
and music coordinator," said Kate
Swetenham, Clinical Director of SAPS.
“SAPS is modelled on the triple strand
of care where research and education
inform and enhance clinical care.
Strong links with Flinders University
through education and research has
resulted in national and international
recognition. Clinical practice needs to
be contemporary and evidence based.
Palliative care research has as its core,
the desire to enhance quality of life
so that there is always something that
can be done to improve or enhance
comfort when curative treatment has
She said the new Rehabilitation and
Palliative Care building at FMC offered
patients and their families a state of the
art facility in bright and family-friendly
“This building was designed to suit our
patients and staff needs and we’re
thrilled with the end result,” she said.
“It has a lot of lovely touches, such as
the rooftop garden with 360 degree
views down to the coastline and
Local Health Network’s
palliative care services
Palliative care art therapist Jane
Smeets was commissioned to create
this painting of laurel for the waiting
area at the Laurel Hospice entry.
4 / JULY 2018 / SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS
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