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Visitors from Japan

PHH recently hosted 31 enthusiastic 4th year nursing students and their mentors from Josai International University in Chiba, Japan.

We have an annual educational program with Dr Kaori Shimoinaba who is the Japanese Program Coordinator for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University.

A two hour overview outlining how PHH provides specialist palliative care to the community was presented (with Dr Shimoinaba translating for us!)

In Japan, there are very limited options for people to choose to spend the last days of their life at home with specialist palliative nursing care. The majority of palliative care clients access support through Outpatient Clinics, with only a few having home visits. The home visits are usually attended by the doctors and a pharmacist, with very few nurses trained for the home care role. There are even fewer community counselling and allied health positions.

They were very interested to hear about the expertise of our nursing staff, counselling and allied health, and volunteers as well as the various programs PHH offers. It was of high regard that we are able to provide such a high standard of specialist palliative care and support to people throughout their illness at home, right through to their death if that is their choice.

It is always a delight to host our friends from Japan, and PHH looks forward to ongoing educational opportunities with Monash University.