City awarded gold for a compassionate community

Published on Monday, 15 November 2021 at 9:03:00 AM

The City of Albany has won gold in the Local Government Authority Supporting a Compassionate Community Approach category of the WA Palliative Care Awards.

Announced last week at a ceremony in Perth, the City was recognised for delivering a Compassionate Communities project in partnership with the WA Primary Health Alliance.

The project resulted in the adoption of a Compassionate Communities Charter in consultation with community and stakeholders, understood to be the first of its kind for a local government.

The City of Albany is the custodian of the Charter, which has a palliative care focus and encourages neighbourhood networks that provide a support structure to residents.

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said the City is proud to be a leader in the Compassionate Communities initiative.

“Compassionate Communities encourages communities and neighbourhood networks to play a much stronger role in supporting people, their families and carers at the end of life,” he said.

“The City worked with WA Primary Health Alliance to deliver an in depth framework encouraging people to adopt an understanding that health is everyone’s responsibility, not just their doctors or health services.

“It was an honour to be awarded the gold award and I would like to thank everyone involved with delivering this fantastic project.”

The Compassionate Albany Charter can be found on the City of Albany website here.

Photo credit: Palliative Care WA (Facebook)

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