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Warrnambool City Council staff donate digital pen recorders to palliative care volunteers

By Jess Densley

Chocolate lovers at the Warrnambool City Council have been sweet enough to give palliative care patients a chance to continue sharing their stories.

 For the record: SWH Director of Palliative Care Emma Greenwood, Warrnambool City Council Rural Access Officer Maree Wyse, and SWH Palliative Care Counsellor Bernadette Wood.  WCC have donated $750 to purchase 3 voice recording pens for the Palliative Care team to record their patient’s stories. Picture: Rob Gunstone

After selling confectionery in an ongoing fundraiser the Council’s social club committee donated $750 to palliative care volunteers to be used in the purchase of three digital pen recorders.

The pens enable patients with life-limiting illnesses to work one-on-one with palliative care volunteers to produce memoirs for their loved ones.

The interviews are compiled in the South-West Healthcare’s My Life, My Memories initiative.

South West Healthcare’s director of palliative care Dr Emma Greenwood said the service was a valuable part of their program.

“Not everyone wants to share their stories but it is something we can offer,” she said. “As memories fade the recorded stories are a way to share these stories.”

Source: http://www.standard.net.au/

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