A Corowa-based foundation helping people deal with terminal illness will develop a network providing greater support to patients and practitioners in the Riverina.
For the past four years, Amaranth Foundation chief executive Julianne Whyte has been pushing for a government-funded network to provide better training for Riverina healthcare workers helping the terminally ill and their families.
“There’s such a great need. I was working in this area as a social worker and so many of the palliative care nurses would come to me and say they need more than what we are doing,” Ms Whyte said.
“Nobody was trained.”
This week, Ms Whyte received the call.
The federally funded Mental Health Professionals Network told Ms Whyte they would be funded to establish the Riverina end of life and palliative care mental health practitioners network to train and connect healthcare workers who deal with terminally ill people.
The Riverina will be allocated its own project officer to run a website that connects practitioners and organises regular meetings.
“It’s just fantastic,” Ms Whyte said.
The announcement came after Uncle Tobys donated $2500 to establish a children’s counselling room.
The money has allowed the foundation to purchase furniture and toys for a room where children suffering separation anxiety and grief can undertake therapy.