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The Foundation has since expanded this program to include volunteers and ‘para social worker’ roles providing essential support not just to the person living with the terminal illness, but care also to the immediate and extended family. Our Social Workers are accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers and are qualified Mental Health clinicians approved to provide a range of Focussed Psychological Therapies under the Commonwealth Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative.

For individuals living with an advanced chronic or terminal illness issues such as loss, adjustment, trauma, family disorganisation and breakup, communication issues, and social concerns such as finances, employment and housing can also be major concerns and impact on an individual’s ability to cope with the changing nature of their illness. Amaranth is committed to providing quality, person centred care in the person’s home.

We acknowledge the essential role of family and care givers have in the provision of care and we strive to respond and support the individual and their family to deal with the psychological impact of living with a terminal illness, facing death and planning proactively for bereavement.

Amaranth Foundation’s Chronic Illness and Palliative Care Program needs help to fund the volunteer and ‘para-social work’ roles so that every person requiring such support and care in our rural communities can do so in a timely manner.

We aim to fund 5 Amaranth Mental Health & Palliative Social Workers as well as 5 Palliative ParaSocial Workers and volunteers in 2016-2017. Initially these MH&PSW will work across the Murrumbidgee region. By 2020 we aim to have Amaranth MH&PSW providing support to individuals and families across all rural communities in Australia.