Recognition of the work of Judith Robinson and the volunteers of Palliative care Maitland.
Judith Robinson and the volunteers of Palliative Care Maitland run a not-for-profit, non-clinical palliative care support service that provides free respite for palliative patients, carers and their families.
The volunteers provide the most vital, special and personal care that we could all wish for in that tragic, sad and difficult period leading up to the end of life. That might be something as simple as driving a patient to a chemotherapy session, or as difficult as sharing a last conversation with someone.
In a terrible year for the group, in which they lost their offices and have been flooded, they have struggled on and even expanded their services to work with the Cancer Council to provide transport to all cancer patients, whether terminal or not. They provide a vital service and I know that our community deeply values their contribution. I will continue to advocate on their behalf for sustainable funding of this service, which is essential to our communities.