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Order of Malta Australia


Order of Malta Palliative Care Biography volunteers receive 5 year award


Congratulations to Order of Malta members Tanya Murphy DMG and Sauro Antonelli AM KMG (Ob), who were acknowledged for their 5 years of service as volunteers for Eastern Palliative Care (EPC) biography program.

EPC support people with a terminal / life-limiting illness who have complex symptoms whether they be physical, psychosocial, emotional or spiritual. It is a partnership between the Order of Malta, Outer East Palliative Care Service Inc. and St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Ltd.

Volunteers for the biography project undertake a significant commitment, with each biography volunteer working one on one with EPC clients allowing them to tell their story.  Biography recordings alone takes place over 6 – 10 visits of one hour in duration.

The process of storytelling enables messages, philosophies, beliefs, memories and culture to pass from one person to the next.  Many clients also report a reduction in anxiety, depression, pain and breathlessness and an increase in self esteem as a result of undertaking this. The biographies also help families and friends to deal with bereavement: they are a way to maintain a bond, to feel the presence of those who have left this world, to smile while remembering them.

In addition to members volunteering in the biography program, they also play an active part in the administration of EPC, which is fully accredited through The Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS) ensuring quality, safety and performance at all levels of service delivery.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.