28 February 2016

Clare Holland House, Canberra Citizen of the Year 2005

The team at Clare Holland House (CHH) provides Palliative care to people with a terminal illness which is inclusive of families and friends. Palliative care aims to ease the pain, distress and many other physical, emotional and spiritual problems that may be present with a terminal illness. Using a variety of techniques and knowledge the team of health professionals at CHH aim to make the person feel in control of their treatment and their quality of life.

CHH provides a range of services to patients and their families. These include nursing medical care, social work, bereavement support, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pastoral care, access to an equipment loans service and support from trained volunteers. These services can be provided to inpatients at CHH or to patients in their own home through the Home Based Palliative Care program. A specialist Palliative Care Medical consultancy service is also provided to all ACT hospitals.
Clare Holland House was named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 1994 for provision of palliative care to people with terminal illness, inclusive of their family and friends.

Further detail about this award is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.

The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.

Image source: CareSearch Nurses Hub News May 2015, photographer unknown