Newsletter – [September 2018]

My Life at EPC by Peter Gurr For me, it all begin back in 1996 when a fellow colleague contacted me and asked, ‘what are you doing? I’ve got a little organisation that needs your skills for their committee’. That little organisation had only been operating a couple of years and was called the Outer East Palliative Service. Once there was a government decision to bring together multiple palliative care organisations in the eastern region, discussions began with MEPCA, Order of Malta and St. Vincent’s Hospital, to form Eastern Palliative Care. I formally came on board in 1999. Twenty years later, I am amazed and proud at the positive impact we have had in community palliative care and my involvement in this important service. ‘…the greatest thing in my time, was the development of PalCare and we haven’t looked back’ The changes over the last 20 years have been absolutely massive. From EPC’s initial existence in a small, tight office in Boronia, holding around 50 part-time staff with around the same number of volunteers. In fact, I still occasionally see those familiar volunteers faces who started with us way back when. I’m not sure where to start when I think of all the changes in that time. EPC has developed into the most sophisticated business in Victoria – possibly even the country. Through several skin changes, we have definitely set the benchmark for palliative care anywhere in the world. But the greatest thing in my time, was the development of PalCare. It added another dimension and revolutionised our ability to better service our clients, giving staff up-todate and instant information. We haven’t looked back since. That’s just one example of how EPC’s initiatives have led the way. We will continue to pave the way for organisations all around the world, in providing holistic support to clients, carers and family. There is still a lot of community education to be done – it’s the key. But we take on the challenge and look forward to another two decades supporting those who wish to die at home.


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