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At the end of October delegates from the Kwong Yum Care Home of Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union accompanied our Australian Champion, Dr Sara Karacsony of the University of Tasmania, to Minchinbury Manor in Western Sydney. The visitors had travelled to Canberra for the 8th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality, organised by Charles Sturt University, and to Sydney to learn how to adopt Namaste Care in their hospice setting. Recruited for a research study led by Professor Esther Chang from Western Sydney University in 2010, Minchinbury Manor has the longest running Namaste Care program outside the USA. Lynn Mowbray, Executive Manager of Minchinbury Manor commented “Families are happy to have their loved one in the program and appreciate the non-clinical and ‘cosy’ atmosphere of the dedicated Namaste Care space. Residents who were lost in the system, can be included in Namaste Care. Staff experience fewer demands on their time and are confident that the residents are secure with their needs being taken care of within the program. I am unequivocal that residents receiving Namaste Care are more settled and this reduces the need for antipsychotic medications”.

 

Sara Karacsony

Sara is a Lecturer in Nursing at the Sydney-based campus of the University of Tasmania. Her clinical background is in palliative care nursing in which she has wide-ranging experience across acute, specialist and residential aged care. Sara’s research interests include care of the older person, palliative care and the teaching of palliative care philosophy and principles to nursing students and nurses. Sara’s PhD research through Western Sydney University’s Aged Care and Palliation research stream focused on the residential aged care workforce and palliation. Sara was project officer on the first funded research project in Australia to evaluate Namaste Care in residential aged care facilities. Currently, Sara is leading a project to implement and evaluate the benefits of Namaste Care in an aged care ward within a teaching hospital in Greater Sydney.

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