Michelle Gardiner presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by President Martyn
Our Guest Speaker at our club meeting held on 6 September was Michelle Gardiner, Palliative Care Co-ordinator, Bega Valley.   Michelle gave us a very interesting presentation on What is Palliative Care. "Palliative care is specialised health care for people whose illness is not curable.  It aims to maximise quality of life and minimise pain and other symptoms.  It is an approach which considers the needs of the ‘whole’ person, including their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. 
A new Palliative Care Volunteer Service has been introduced in the Bega Valley.  This is a free volunteer support service to people living with a life limiting illness as well as to their families and carers.  The specially trained volunteers can provide non-clinical, in-home support such as: assistance in shopping, walking the dog, visiting those who are isolated, joining in activities or reading aloud, having a chat over a cup of tea." (text from Southern NSW Local Health District advertising leaflets) 
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the team on 0407 529 526 or for more information visit: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/volunteer.