Living Well with Serious Illness

The Living Well with Serious Illness program provides care coordination and psychological support for people living with a serious and progressive illness and people who care for them, including family and friends. The service is free and aims to help you and your family cope to enhance your quality of life. 

Whether you have been recently diagnosed and you have no idea where to begin, or your health is deteriorating and you are needing assistance to manage your symptoms, this program can support you by addressing the practical, physical, social, emotional and spiritual issues that often accompany living with a serious illness. 

Care Coordination

Living with a serious illness can affect every area of your life. Navigating the healthcare system and knowing the supports that are available to you can be confusing at times. 

Experienced care coordinators are here to support you by: 

  • Helping you to better understand your condition and the choices available to you;
  • Linking you with services;
  • Assisting you to communicate with the people involved in your healthcare to ensure information is shared appropriately and consistently;
  • Working with your GP to provide ongoing support;
  • Making referrals to access aids and equipment, or other allied health services.

Therapeutic Counselling

Distress occurs when you feel you are unable to cope. Feeling helpless can threaten your sense of wellbeing. Therapeutic counselling is more than ‘having someone to talk to’. The appointment gives you the opportunity to speak about how your illness affects you and your family. You can then begin to develop skills to help you make decisions and improve your quality of life. 
 
Experienced mental health clinicians can also assist with the following:
  • Worry and anxiety;
  • Depression;
  • Developing new ways to assist in managing pain;
  • Coping with uncertainty with the future;
  • Managing changes in your relationship;
  • Managing fear.

How do I get help?

Individuals from the Gawler- Barossa Region who are living with a serious and potentially life limiting illness, or caring for someone with a serious illness can access the program.
You can be referred into the program by:
 
  • Calling us on (08) 8209 0700.
  • Having your GP or other health professional complete the Living Well with Serious Illness (Gawler-Barossa) Referral Form.