Amaranth Foundation, Charles Sturt University and Integrated Living Inc, have been successful as a consortium for the Commonwealth funded “Public Health, Chronic Disease and Palliative Care” 2015 Grant Round. The consortia submitted three interlinked projects under the overarching title: Listen, Acknowledge, Respond.
The Listen Acknowledge Respond activities are designed to identify and build the capacity of the mental health, allied health, social work and other health care workers, in primary and specialist settings to support end of life psychosocial and psychological care needs for people with advanced chronic and life limiting illnesses, their families and care givers.
Since its establishment in 1989, Charles Sturt University (CSU) has grown to become Australia's largest regional university and the country's leading provider of distance education. The combined focus on services to regional community and practical learning experiences for students has led to the establishment of several clinics and enterprises, including Dental and Oral Health Clinics, Community Engagement and Wellness Centres, a Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Equine Centre and Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory, and a commercial Winery.
Charles Sturt University has grown by seeking new ways of serving its students and local and regional communities. Like its namesake, the celebrated Australian explorer Charles Napier Sturt, CSU intend to continue on this exciting journey, exploring new and innovative ways of advancing discovery and learning. This grant provides a unique opportunity to be expand the knowledge and specialist skills required to support some of our most vulnerable people in our community – both young and old alike. CSU will be the first university to offer an accredited post graduate course to equip health care professionals provide evidence based psychological care for people living with dying.
Amaranth Foundation already provides specialized social work supportive and end of life care for people living with a life limiting illness, their families and care givers. The Foundation’s accredited mental health social workers also are experienced clinicians in providing a range of mental health interventions including CBT, Mindfullness, Narrative therapy, grief and loss counselling, and appropriate interventions for people experiencing trauma and PTSD.
The Foundation provides a primary health care approach to end of life care, recognizing that the patient, their family and care giver are a’ unit of care’. Funding from previous Commonwealth funded programs has enabled the Foundation to develop resources and referral pathways to provide supportive and end of life care that incorporate the Enhanced Primary Care Medicare Items and Social Work Medicare rebates for mental health interventions under Better Access to Mental Health initiative.
integratedliving Australia Ltd is an innovative, not for profit community business delivering a broad range of community care services. It operates across regional and rural NSW, Queensland and recently expanded into Victoria, ACT and Tasmania. IntegratedLiving has been providing services to the frail, older people, younger people with a disability and their carers for over 15 years. integratedliving is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) specialising in the delivery of flexible and innovative training in the aged and community care service sector.
They have a commitment to proactive research and development approach and is proud to be partnering with CSU and Amaranth Foundation to ensure that the psychological and psychosocial needs of people living with a life limiting illness, their families and caregivers are delivered in a person centered consumer driven approach.