Palliative care staff shortage

Care campaign: Jennifer Creal with Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen and the new book, Our Stories.

Care campaign: Jennifer Creal with Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen and the new book, Our Stories.

HUNTER residents have shared their experiences of palliative care in a bid to put an end to the shortage of specialists services across the state.

The Cancer Council says NSW needs 10 more full time specialist palliative care physicians, at a minimum, to be brought in line with national palliative care recommendations. 

On Tuesday, Cancer Council NSW launched its I Care For Palliative Care campaign along with a book, called Our Stories, which includes the personal accounts of Hunter people who used or needed palliative care services for their loved ones.

Dungog resident Jennifer Creal contributed to the book, after discovering palliative care services were lacking when her late husband Christopher finished his active cancer treatment in 2013.

After surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, his oncologist had suggested they choose quality of life over quantity when the treatment was not working.

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