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Indigenous palliative care needs an Indigenous approach

Alice Springs GP registrar, Dr Sally Banfield, is a passionate advocate for Indigenous palliative care done well.

Having been selected to present the Ian Maddocks Guest Lecture, she told conference delegates that Australia could improve service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

She highlighted the particular needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when facing the end of life, sharing case studies of Aboriginal patients ‘returning to country’ for their end-of-life journey.

“Discussion and debate will only assist in highlighting the unique needs of palliative care patients in our remote region. I would like this research to facilitate further discussion, research and thus improve palliative care services for Indigenous Australians.

“In particular, the improvement of service delivery for those remote patients who may choose to ‘return to country’ during their care,” she said.

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