Social Workers are skilled professionals who work as part of your team. They can assist you in dealing with practical and emotional issues as they arise and may include:
Counselling and support
Referral to other agencies
Information about Financial assistance
IPTAAS (Isolated Patients Accommodation and Assistance scheme)
General access to information regarding your illness
Advance Care Planning discussions
Mediation and advocacy
Ph: 6721 9600
Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual (World Health Organisation, 2005).
The service not only offers support with the management of physical symptoms such as pain, nausea and fatigue but also with psychological, spiritual and social issues which may be occurring during this time. We can also offer practical support such as equipment loan and Home Care support for both personal and domestic care. In addition, and if needed, we can facilitate referrals to respite care, dieticians, occupational therapists and other professional services which may be required to aid the patient. Furthermore, the service also offers ongoing bereavement support to carers and families, at what can be a very difficult time.
For more information or to refer for support for yourself or a family member please contact
Inverell Community Health: (02) 6721 9600