MEDIA Release: Announcing the Compassionate Communities Forum and Digital Hub

A new national project bringing compassionate communities to life across Australia.

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The GroundSwell Project is pleased to announce the launch of a national practice forum to support the development and practice of Compassionate Communities in Australia. With Australia’s ageing population set to double by 2050, the end of life system in Australia requires collaborative action from health organisations, NGO’s, community

groups and individuals in order to see sustainable change. Compassionate Communities (ComCom) is a global movement for public health practice, a way to engage communities to think about how care is provided to people who are dying.

Learnings from the Compassionate Communities movement internationally show that a collective, community approach to end of life acts to amplify existing services, empower communities to action and has the power to transform the end of ife experience for individuals and their loved ones

Over the past seven years The GroundSwell Project has worked with partners on developing, implementing and evaluating Compassionate Communities projects in Australia. This has included working with schools, arts organisations, workplaces, community centres, hospitals and health organisations. Building upon the Compassionate Communities Symposium earlier this year, The GroundSwell Project is now proud to announce their own contribution to the movement in Australia, by launching the first Compassionate Communities Practice Forum and Digital Hub wit the support of Bupa.

The practice forum will comprise of eight communities around the country, engaging in the compassionate communities model in their local area. The GroundSwell Project will support these communities by offering on the ground community development expertise, a digital resource hub plus access to a national and international network of leading Compassionate Communities practitioners and researchers

The GroundSwell Project has worked closely with Bupa’s senior executive to present a plan that will build bridges, and is proud to form an official partnership with Bupa to implement the National Compassionate Communities Forum. Through this innovative work, coupled with extensive research and unique community development approach, The GroundSwell Project is looking forward to working with you to share learnings and support Compassionate Communities in Australia.

“Bupa is very pleased to be working with GroundSwell to help bring a community approach to supporting people at the end of life. We believe that the focus on encouraging early conversations, providing access to the right information at the right time, as well as coordinating services across the community, can only add to peoples’ feelings of dignity, respect and choice.”

Dwayne Crombie, Managing Director, Bupa Health Insurance said.

Community groups, organisations and services who want to see the Compassionate Communities model come to life in their local area will be invited to submit an expression of interest in March.

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Contact: Holly  Smith,  Compassionate  Communities  National  Lead

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