By TRACEY ROXBURGH
A registered nurse with 40 years’ experience has started as the Whakatipu’s new specialist palliative care community nurse.
Jill Brown has previously worked in hospital medical wards, cardiac and critical care units, as a health educator and, for the past six years, in palliative care with Hospice Southland.
She officially started her new role in the resort last Tuesday.
‘‘I’m excited at the move — I’m a very strong advocate for the patient and what they need,’’ Brown says.
She replaces the nursing cover in Queenstown previously managed by Otago Community Hospice and says she’s under no illusion as to the importance of her new job.
‘‘It’s a whole model of care and is a very collaborative role that works alongside district nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other health care professionals.’’
Over the past six years she’s helped with palliative care education programmes for people working in the primary healthcare industry.
Brown says she’ll keep doing that in Queenstown, where there’s now a team of community nurses based, alongside Hospice Southland’s six-bed inpatient unit in Invercargill.
One of the organisation’s overriding aims is to enhance patient access and better support
the primary health workforce to deliver appropriate palliative care in a timely manner.