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Role and function of Palliative Care Association of Kota Kinabalu

Operating from “Rumah PCA”, the PCA has a core staff of a Nurse Manager, 3 full time Nurse Coordinators, Administrative Assistant, a Driver and over 70 volunteers consisting of doctors, nurses and lay volunteers; who provide care for 60 patients at home at any one time encompassing:

  1. Control of pain and distressing symptoms
  2. Training the primary care giver and family to look after the patient at home
  3. Loan equipment and other accessories to be used at home, at their own comfort.
  4. Support the Palliative Care Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for management of their patients at home
  5. Day Care facilities which currently runs on every Thursday at “Rumah PCA” providing patients with massage, chat, home cooked food and drinks, games and entertainment, portrait painting, relaxing exercises and counseling.
  6. Empowering other district hospitals in Sabah in implementing Palliative Care Services and act as a catalyst for the growth of the movement in Sabah and Malaysia. The main aim is to bring relief to all patients suffering with advanced cancer and their families. To minimize and reduce their suffering, from pain and other distressing symptoms induced by the diseases
  7. Public awareness of this basic human need is an integral part of our service

ALL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED FREE

Running of the Association incurs a cost of about

RM400,000.00 per annum.

And this is only possible through your generous contribution

"A HEART TO CARE AND A MIND TO SERVE"


History
MILESTONES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PALLIATIVE CARE IN SABAH
1991
Realized the need to develop a Palliative Care Service. 50 to 70% of cancers recurred after surgery and other forms of treatment. These patients with incurable cancers needed pain and symptom control, good care and support - none was available.  They went home to   suffer along with the family and die, often alone with no dignity. Looked at various means of establishing a Palliative care service.
 
1992
April  Visit to Australia by a team from Kita Kinabalu sponsored by Surgeons International Melbourne and   Prof R.C.Bennett(Chairman of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons Foundation, and Editor in Chief of the Australia New Zealand Journal of Surgery) a good friend who took great interest in the development of surgery in Sabah to prepare  for an anticancer campaign to downstage cancers in Sabah and at the same time to visit Hospices and Palliative Care Units in all the major centres in Australia with the hope of initiating a Palliative Care Service in Sabah.
 
 1992
July to September, Organized Anti Cancer Campaign  and promotion of the concept of  Palliative Care  under the banner of  Sabah Cancer Society through a road show, anti cancer  exhibition  and Public forums  to Tawau, Sandakan and   Keningau.
 
1992
Formation of a Working Committee by Sabah Cancer Society under Tan Sri Thomas Jayasuriya to study and set up a Hospice Home Program.
 
1993
March   Start of the Home Care Program under Sabah Cancer Society supported and backed by the Surgery Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  First Nurse Coordinator appointed  - Ms Jercy Ng.
 
1995
January set up a Palliative Care Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital – first one in Malaysia with 4 beds. This was set   up as a result of a paper  highlighting the need for Palliative Care  presented to  the then Director of Medical Services Datuk Mechiel K Chan  with full support from Dr G.Sannasey the Director of Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
 
1996
January it became obvious that a Palliative Care Unit was a necessity to not only provide specialized care to these patients, it was also necessary to support the home care program. Hence the Bed Strength of the unit was increased to 10 beds with, independent staffing and management under the Department of Surgery.   Ministry of Health then accepted the Palliative Care Unit as a model unit for the country. Personnel from all over the country were sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital to have a basic introduction to Palliative Care and to see the functioning of a Palliative Care Unit and the seamless care provided by both the unit and the home care program at Kota Kinabalu..
 
1996
7th December
Hospice Sandakan launched by JCI and registered as NGO in January 1998.
 
1997
May, Formation of Tawau Hospice Association, registered as NGO in December 1998 (The road show and public forum in1993 was instrumental in initiating these programs both in Sandakan and Tawau)
 
1998
June, Registration of the Palliative Care Association of Kota Kinabalu a Non Governmental Organization for the care of patients with advanced incurable cancers. Ms Jercy Ng elected as first President.
 
1999
July
Two days Volunteers conference for Hospice Volunteers from the region entitled “Walk a while with me”.
 
1999
5th June First Palliative Care Fund Raising Dinner “The Boney M Borneo Blast”, Boney M featuring Maizie William.
 
1999
22nd June
Dato’ Edward Ong of  Sutera Harbour Resorts accepts to be the Patron of the Palliative Care Association of Kota Kinabalu.
 
2000
January  
Palliative Care Unit    Bed   strength increased to 12.
 
2000
March Isuzu Space Cab Ambulance loaned to PCA by Kinabalu Motor Assembly.
 
2000
14th and 15th July
Two day Regional Palliative Care Conference “Hope for a Better Tomorrow”
 
2001
19th and 20th July   
Palliative Care - Doctors and Nurses Workshop from all over the state
 
2000
14th November  
2nd Palliative Care Charity Dinner and Concert “I wanna hold your hand” The Beatles Unlimited.
 
2001
23rd to 26th October   
First Massage and Aromatherapy Workshop by Ms Wendy Leach (UK).
 
2001
Moved into own premises “Rumah PCA” PWD No 7396 & 7397 with administrative office, office for nurse coordinators, Conference rooms, Day Care Centre, Large store for equipments, kitchen etc
 
2001
13th November
3rd Palliative Care Charity Dinner and Concert “I have a Dream “Anita Sarawak
  
2002
3rd and 4th May  
Regional Palliative Care Conference “Palliative Care Making the Difference”.
Asia Pacific Hospice Network Council Meeting in Kota Kinabalu
 
2003
Attained tax exemption status
 
2003
23rd September
4th Annual Charity Dinner and Concert “Sweet Melody of Night” Steven Kimbrough accompanied by Dalton Baldwin.
 
2003 
12th and 13th December 
Workshop for  doctors and Nurses from District Hospitals – jointly organized by the Palliative Care Association and the Asia Pacific Hospice Network
 
2004 
Sr Morna Chua takes over as President
 
2004
30th April  
Public Forum, Dr Ednin Hamzah “The Role of Palliative Care in Modern Society”.
 
 
2004
24th and 25th September 
Palliative Care Workshop  “To Improve the Quality of  Palliative Care in Sabah”.
 
2004
14th to 16th October
Refresher course for massage and aromatherapy by Ms Wendy Leach (UK) for volunteers
 
2004
30th November 
“Intensive Grief and Bereavement Workshop” by Dr Amy Chow from Hong Kong.
 
2005
18th March  
5th  Annual Charity Dinner and Concert  “This Magic Moment”   The Drifters.
 
2005
27th June
Signing of MOU with University Malaysia Sabah
 
2005
December  
Lymphoedema Workshop for volunteers by    Ms Ang Nancy,Singapore.
 
2006  
June 15th to 17th
Organized a very successful 7th Malaysia Congress an International conference  for the Malaysian Hospice Council  with  eminent speakers from all over the world. 7 pre congress and 2post congress workshops.
 
2006
December
18th and 19th
“Palliative Care Workshop on Pain Management and Communication skills” organized in collaboration with Queen Elizabeth Hospital..
 
2006
29th March
6th Annual Charity   Dinner and Concert “Love is the Message”   with the   Three Degrees.
 
2007
January
Appointment of a Nurse Manager to consolidate and expand the service. Nurse Manager assisted by 3 nurses, administrative assistant besides volunteers.
 
2007
PCU Refurbished and remodeled as a modern Palliative are Unit.
 
Workshop
 
2007
3rd November
7th Annual Charity Dinner and Concert “You can’t hurry love” The Supremes.

 
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