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Care that's always there

Tuesday, 24th May, 2011

INVALUABLE HELP: Palliative care’s Melissa Cumming chats with advocate Marg Corradini. INVALUABLE HELP: Palliative care’s Melissa Cumming chats with advocate Marg Corradini.

By Kurtis Eichler

Marg Corradini knows all too well the importance of palliative care.

For four months, Mrs Corradini's husband John was under palliative care at his home in Galena Street until his death at the age of 50.

"John was diagnosed with several malignancies," she told the BDT.

"That was 18 years ago now since he passed away."

She said palliative care "met John's health needs" and words were not adequate to express her gratitude for the amount of support her family and her husband received.

"To be able to have 24-hour care in the home is a relief to them as far as comfort is concerned."

Mrs Corradini has spoken about her involvement with the service as part of National Palliative Care Week this week.

"You don't know what it is until you need it," she said.

Mrs Corradini's friend of 18 years, Melissa Cumming, who is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Cancer and Palliative Care Services, said the week provided the perfect chance to get their story out.

"Essentially, palliative care is about enabling people who have a life-limiting illness to live as comfortably as they can," she said.

"There is a belief that palliative care is only for people with cancer.

"There are a lot of people out there who are at the end stage of respiratory, cardiology, renal and neurological diseases."

Since 1989, palliative care has been serving both the city and twons in the district, as well as providing counselling and equipment for patients.

"We bring palliative care to the patient," she said.

"We bring in a range of professionals to help with those families needs."

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