A treasured new Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia initiative was launched this week during Palliative Care Week.
Memory Lane is a new initiative of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, transporting Victorians living in palliative care to reconnect them with places and people that matter most.
Memory Lane ensures simple journeys will create special moments in a patient’s final days.
With a long legacy of going the distance for community, the Flying Doctor has introduced a volunteer program for palliative care transport. Ambulance Transport Attendants and Patient Transport Officers volunteer their time to compassionately transport and care for patients, supporting them to spending precious time with family, or in a place of special connection.
This transport uses fully equipped Flying Doctor transport vehicles, and Ambulance and Patient Transport Officers are still undertaking all the same professional duties, just in a volunteer context.
Last year I spent time getting to know the Wheeton family and hear how this new initiative enhanced their last days with their dad Jack, a farmer.
It has been my absolute privilege to work behind the scenes with interviewing and writing the stories of Jack’s family and working on this special filming project about their experience, and Jack’s wishes in his final days.
Everyone deserves the chance to return to their place and people that matter most to them, to relive memories in their final days and create cherished memories with those who love them. I’m honoured to have been involved with this project interviewing some wonderful families and volunteer staff while writing campaign message copy for video production and the Royal Flying Doctor Service AGM.
This project supported a special Memory Lane match giving program that raised more than $200, 000 in 12 hours.
This Memory Lane ambulance transport vehicle is now all set to transfer palliative care patients to fulfil final wishes. This project was a privilege to write campaign copy, interview families and manage filming for.
In the final days of our loves one’s lives, what matters most is spending time with them, ensuring they are comfortable, cared for and that they’re final wishes are fulfilled. Memory Lane provides valuable support to make those moments happen.
If you are treating or caring for someone who has one more wish, looking to remember someone special and to give back to your community, please remember Memory Lane.