World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 10.10.2015
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane has been caring for people living with an advanced, progressive illness since 1957. Offering highly specialised end-of-life care for in-patients and people in their homes in the community.
St Vincent’s nurturing next generation of Palliative Care Specialists
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane is helping to develop and support the next generation of palliative care specialists and doctors.
Three Advanced Palliative Care Trainees are currently on placement at St Vincent’s to gain invaluable experience before becoming specialists.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane Director of Palliative Care Associate Professor Phillip Good believes it’s a privilege to be part of training the next generation of doctors.
“They are an enthusiastic group of people, eager to learn, but also bring their own life experience into our workplace. Training often involves learning just as much from them, as we can teach the next generation of doctors,” he said.
Dr Korana Kindl, one of the trainee supervisors, believes the teaching at St Vincent’s equips young doctors with the skills and knowledge necessary to become compassionate and capable specialists – having herself been an Advanced Trainee at St Vincent’s in 2013, before returning this year as a specialist.
“I’ve never seen as much effort been put into teaching as I do here. It’s not just about the things that appear on paper, there’s an atmosphere where no one is afraid to ask questions,” she said.
“I myself had a really special time here it was the best year of training with the best support and the best palliative care environment, that’s why I came back after I was fully qualified.”
St Vincent’s has a long-standing commitment to clinical teaching and provides a range of experiences and opportunities in palliative care, including support for Advanced Trainees and providing palliative care placements to approximately 20 medical students per year.
For 31-year-old Advanced Trainee Dr Arvind Gunasekaran, the decision to become a palliative care specialist was about being part of a team that provides compassionate care.
“Palliative care was a complete new world to me and I liked it and I wanted to do it as my profession for the rest of my life,” he said.
Dr Arvind Gunasekaran is excited to be spending six months of his three-year training at St Vincent’s – a facility he says is known for providing excellent palliative care.
“St Vincent’s provides unique care, it isn’t a cold hospital it is more homely and the ward and staff are more accommodating of patients and their families and their wishes,” he said.
“The specialists here are also just amazing. Each specialist has their own unique way and I’m here to learn what this group does.”
“I’m lucky to be here and I know I’ll learn a lot by the end of the term.”
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