South Australia releases national and international travel scholarships every year to the nursing and midwifery workforce to enable them to undertake observational site visits to inform the development of service models that can be introduced into care practices back in South Australia. Ten sites across New Zealand, Canada, and the UK agreed to host a site visit as part of a scholarship to look at day hospice (DH) programmes. The author undertook an observational study that included participation in DH programmes and discussions with staff and patients. There were many similarities across the three countries, in particular in the structure of the programmes, the staff makeup, and the support of the volunteer workforce. Two distinct models were observed: social and medical. Each has its value and both need to be incorporated to ensure services and participants have their needs met. Based on the site visits and other research, the author devised a proposal for South Australia to commence with a time-limited sessional group DH programme with a focus on maintenance of function for participants coupled with caregiver education and information provision.
- Day hospice
- Model of care
- Palliative care
- Psychosocial symptom management