Colours of Community Art Exhibition

Curated by Linda Espie, the Colours of Community exhibition will raise funds for PCSE’s new Palliative Care Hub at 80 Victor Crescent, Narre Warren. The exhibition represents over 40 artists, sharing with us over 70 donated works, in support of community palliative care. There is truly something for everyone, with photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures available for purchase.

This event is part of the ‘Laz Effect’ fundraising campaign in memory of Larry Sladden, Linda’s brother who received specialist palliative care from PCSE’s service. All of the money raised will help PCSE to build our Palliative Care Hub and ensure others in our community can experience the same support. Click here to watch the exhibition. 

Clients
We support people with a life-limiting illness to live well by providing holistic care that addresses a person’s physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs
Carers
We provide education, advice and support for families and friends who are caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness
Health Professionals

PCSE works with a range of health professionals to provide palliative care advice, support and consultancy in relation to the care of clients who may be part of your service

How are we continuing to support you through the COVID 19 pandemic

At Palliative Care South East Ltd, we are committed to supporting our community to live well. We are taking actions to ensure we align our service model with advice from the Department of Health and Human Services and support the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers and the community.

  • We will continue to provide phone support and information 24/7
  • In the best interests of our clients and carers, we will be undertaking our visits by phone or video conference when possible.
  • We will be checking, by asking questions prior to our visits and confirming by phone and text that we are able to visit.
  • This will limit travel of clients, staff and volunteers unless vital for care reasons.
  • We will consider the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, and others with access and functional challenges and prioritise our resources to ensure ongoing care and support.
  • We will provide specialist phone consults to residential and aged care facilities to limit visitation and risk to those clients, we will always support their needs.
  • We will follow the guidelines and advice of the Department of health and Human Services and collaborate with other community agencies to support continuity of care.

Client Story: A letter from Lisa Giannopoulos

Lisa Giannopoulos’s husband was a PCSE client who participated in the ‘Sharing My Story’ program. This letter outlines her experiences working with one of our volunteers, Glenyse Duck, to put together his personal biography. "I am writing regarding volunteer Glenyse...

Implementation of Voluntary Assisted Dying

Since June 2019 the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act has been in operation throughout Victoria. This enables eligible patients to request an assisted death and make their own decisions regarding self-determination at the end of life. At Palliative Care South East (PCSE)...

Client Story: Penny Haringsma

Penny Haringsma was a beautiful wife to her devoted husband Michael and a proud, dedicated and loving mother to her children Zoe and Riley. She beamed with positivity, loved to laugh and valued time with her friends and family above anything. Her ability to embrace...

Volunteer Snapshot: Hans Rutgrink

Hans became a PCSE volunteer after finishing his working career and seeing an advertisement in the local library for a volunteer position. He thought he would be well suited to sign up and assist those with a life-limiting illness. He has now been a part of our...

Volunteer Memorabilia Program

PCSE's Memorabilia Program specialises in making memorabilia items from the clothing of a loved one by one of our talented and skilled volunteers. The thought of having to let go of items such as clothing can sometimes be difficult and painful, but thanks to the...

Meet our Occupational Therapists: Dhwani Parikh

Dhwani Parikh completed her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from India in 2004 and has been working as a registered Occupational Therapist since she migrated to Australia to be with her husband. Dhwani has completed her specialist post graduation study in...

Volunteer Story: Glenyse’s experience during COVID-19

Glenyse Duck is a biography volunteer who works with PCSE clients in the ‘Sharing My Story’ program. She is an exemplary communicator, going above and beyond to make sure clients feel safe and supported as they create their personal biography. This reflection outlines...

The ‘Sharing My Story’ Program

Pam Glover has been a Palliative Care South East volunteer for the past nine years. She is passionate about providing emotional support, working to establish the “Sharing My Story” program that allows clients to create personal biographies and farewell letters. It is...

Anne Van Son: 30 years of Service

This year Anne Van Son celebrates her 30th year as a Palliative Care South East Volunteer. She began her journey in 1990, volunteering with Dandenong Palliative Care Service after seeing the impact their support had on families facing serious illness. Whilst she...

Meet our Community Liaison Officer

This year we welcomed Rochelle Dullard to our team as Palliative Care South East's Community Liaison Officer. Since commencing her role in February she has effectively coordinated our volunteer program, engaging with consumers and adapting to the challenges presented...

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Vaccination at PCSE

We are excited to announce that all PCSE staff now have both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine! Congratulations and thank you to our team for rolling up their sleeves and helping us achieve a 100% double vaccination status. It is fantastic to see our staff being proactive to protect themselves and our community. 💜

Join our Volunteer Program!

PCSE volunteers are a compassionate, caring and dedicated group of people who support those in a very vulnerable situation. Our volunteers are of all ages, come from all walks of life and backgrounds. These amazing people willingly give their time, skills and energy to help people in our community to live well.
We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
• Virtual Reality Volunteers 💛
• Memorabilia Volunteers 💙
• Companionship Volunteers 💜

Ritchies IGA Community Benefits Program

PCSE has partnered with Ritchie’s IGA as part of their Community Benefits Program. This means that shoppers can register for a Ritchies Card (or download the Ritchies App) and select Palliative Care South East as a charity they would like to support. Once you have registered you can scan the card or use the app every time you shop and a % of your spend will be received by PCSE.

How we can help
Our team of palliative care specialists are experienced in providing support, answering questions and offering holistic care in your home.

 

Palliative Care
If you have been told you have an illness that cannot be cured, you may have talked about palliative care.

 

Carer Support
Palliative Care South East understands that it can be overwhelming to care for a loved one, particularly if you’ve had no training or experience in looking after someone with a serious illness.

 

Work with us
Palliative Care South East is an attractive and principled employer. This means sustaining a positive culture which values and is supportive of its employees and volunteers.

 

Volunteers
Palliative Care South East was founded by volunteers back in 1984. The philosophy of the early founders lives on in our volunteers.

 

How you can help
Your generous donation, no matter how big or small, will help us to continue to support our community by providing care to those living with a terminal illness and their families and friends.

 

Carer Support Kit

The Carer Support Kit provides carers with useful information and tips to help them to care for their loved one.

‘The Kit’ includes information on the following topics:

 

  • Looking after yourself
  • Managing pain, symptoms and medications
  • Preparing for death
  • Resources and links

How you can help

"When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone"

Dalai Lama XIV

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