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Development of a Tasmanian Bereavement Care Network

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Barnett, T and Marsh, P and Bridgman, H and Kent, K and Green , R and Ball, M, Development of a Tasmanian Bereavement Care Network, Building Compassionate Communities Tasmania Forum 2017, 13 October and 16 October, Hobart and Launceston Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

Sound bereavement care is integral to palliative care. The Australian Government funded Better Access to Palliative Care (BAPC) program, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the University of Tasmania Centre for Rural Health (CRH) worked in partnership to strengthen bereavement care in Tasmania. A sustainable regional bereavement care network (BCN) was developed using a community-development and evidence-informed approach, which aimed to increase linkages and improve support for Tasmanians working in bereavement care. Broad consultation was sought from key stakeholders and an advisory Reference Group was founded. Regional workshops were held to form the network, strengthen local connections, and to consider developing bereavement care standards. The resulting Tasmanian BCN is comprised of three regional groups based in the South (Hobart), the North (Launceston) and in the North-West (Burnie/Ulverstone). Additionally, a state-wide BCN Management Working Group was formed to provide ongoing leadership for the BCN. Bereavement care ‘values and principles’ were developed and endorsed by the BCN members. The BCN Management Working Group has assumed ongoing responsibility for the network, with support from the CRH. The BCN activities are driven by and for its members, and include maintaining a website (www.bcntasmania.org.au) with a directory of resources and a calendar of events. The BCN aims to be self-sustaining and in the near future a collaborative approach will be taken to secure sponsorship for events and activities to support the ongoing work of the network and to expand its membership base.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:bereavement, care, network, Tasmania
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health and Community Services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
Author:Kent, K (Dr Katherine Kent)
Author:Green , R (Mrs Rosy Green)
Author:Ball, M (Professor Madeleine Ball)
ID Code:121830
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-10-17
Last Modified:2017-11-14
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