The participation of volunteers in contemporary palliative care

McKinnon, Margaret M. 2002, The participation of volunteers in contemporary palliative care, Australian journal of advanced nursing, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 38-44.

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Title The participation of volunteers in contemporary palliative care
Author(s) McKinnon, Margaret M.
Journal name Australian journal of advanced nursing
Volume number 19
Issue number 4
Start page 38
End page 44
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Place of publication South Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0813-0531
Keyword(s) volunteering
palliative care volunteers
palliative care
death and dying
Summary Historically, in Australia, individuals with widely differing interests, skills and values have engaged collaboratively, in a voluntary capacity, to establish services to assist persons experiencing particular need or hardship. Gradual recognition and acceptance by the State of its social responsibilities to citizens with various needs in areas of health, welfare, education and others, have seen the provision of a range of statutory services available to all Australians. Volunteer participation in the delivery of modern health services, therefore, is not usual; palliative care is an exception rather than a norm. This article explores the relationship between understandings of death and dying in Western culture and the participation of volunteers in contemporary palliative care. The author presents a view that volunteers provide a distinctive contribution to the quality of care delivery and to enrichment of the social environment of the wider community also. The topic is of relevance to all nurses and especially those involved in the care of dying persons and of their families.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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