Presented by: Andrea Grindrod
The ‘Healthy End of Life Program (HELP): offering, asking for and accepting help’ is a research-informed initiative aimed at creating a collaborative community culture for end of life care. Based on recent community-based research conducted by La Trobe University Palliative Care Unit in Melbourne Australia, the HELP program is designed to shift the dominant culture of a local community from one where members instinctively decline help from personal and community networks to one that ‘asks for and accepts help’, thus creating and reinforcing a community culture that is confident of their capacity in ‘offering and providing help’. The program provides both a public health framework and resources to guide a local community, or those supporting a local community, in developing a collaborative culture for end-of-life care.
In this workshop, participants will be guided through the three-step community planning guide to support a community member to remain at home, and how to implement community development initiatives in the context of end-of-life through the HELP framework. At each step they will be invited to participate in an exercise that applies that step to the real-life scenario. Seven strategies have been developed to guide and focus community driven action using the HELP program, including Healthy End of Life Projects, Planning, Policy, People, Partnerships, Place and Practice.