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Leaving on a high

QUALITY CARE: Hospice director Ros Holloway sits with palliative care patient Denis Dargusch. Ms Holloway has resigned to take up a new position.
QUALITY CARE: Hospice director Ros Holloway sits with palliative care patient Denis Dargusch. Ms Holloway has resigned to take up a new position. Claudia Baxter

IPSWICH Hospice director Ros Holloway has dedicated the last eight years of her life to ensuring people like Denis Dargusch can face their final days with dignity.

Although the loss of his mobility has come as a huge blow to this once fit and active man, regular visits from his dear wife Eva and four great-grandchildren have become the new focus for Mr Dargusch.

Ipswich Hospice helps dozens of terminally ill people embrace the end of their lives - all the while assisting grieving family members through the process.

While Ms Holloway has been at the forefront of hospice's work recently, her time with the organisation is sadly about to come to an end.

She will be sorely missed when she vacates the role in August, to take a job as a clinical nurse and advanced care planner with the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Palliative Care Ward.

Ms Holloway said while she was sad to go, she felt she was leaving the organisation in great shape.

"It is with mixed feelings that I leave, but I feel that the timing is right for this organisation, as we are in a strong position, holding four years accreditation status and having just been notified of a renewal of our government funding," she said.

Hospice is currently advertising for a replacement for the position, which involves leading not only the nursing side of the operation, but also much of the fundraising.

In order to do its great work, the six-bed palliative care facility and bereavement centre requires two-thirds of its annual funding to be obtained from generous members of the public.

"The Ipswich community is very fortunate to have a hospice, because there are lots of communities in Australia that would like to have one but just can't achieve it," Ms Holloway said.

"I think Ipswich is unique in that, even though we are a city, we are still a bit like a country town in that we are connected and support the city."

Although he only arrived two weeks ago, Mr Dargusch is well aware of the positive effect Ipswich Hospice has on the lives of people with terminal illness.

Facing an uncertain future after being struck down by a stroke and terminal cancer, Mr Dargusch said it was the dedication of people like Ms Holloway that helped ease his pain.

"They supply me with whatever food I want - they go out of their way to make sure I've got what I need," Mr Dargusch said.

"I couldn't wish for a better crew to be looking after me."

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