My name is Tracey and I am an end of life doula and I am so grateful to be living in southern Tasmania on my small farm with my youngest daughter “Stella”, dog “Charlie”, alpaca’s and chickens.

One day short of my 46th birthday I was forced to face my own mortality with a life changing diagnosis of a chronic illness, which until this decade was terminal. My mindset has been affected in that I am now able to appreciate the importance of us all having our “affairs in order”. My mind was flooded with panic at not having an updated Will or any Advanced Care Planning even considered. It occurred to me that if I was to suddenly enter an acute phase of my illness I would need to have made these arrangements to ensure my children, animals and assets were protected, for my family’s financial benefit and to prevent my older children and family being forced into needing to make decisions on my behalf should I not have capacity.

My 20 years of nursing practice across many health care settings has nourished my passion to deliver person centered holistic support to those nearing their end of life has driven my transition to focusing on being a part of the solution in our community toward filling the gap in our current end of life health care model. As an end of life doula, I am dedicating my skills to working alongside our trusted palliative care and hospice teams to complement their formal services to ensure Tasmanians have access to a complete and authentic end of life experience and the best care possible in all of their lives not dominated by the medical world only. Having worked closely with people requiring some type of assistance my entire work life has nurtured growth of a diverse skill set and I am naturally drawn to helping those in challenging situations.

Bringing a person-centered approach to providing individualised holistic services to my clients and their loved ones is so important to me and I have a caring and compassionate nature with the ability to incorporate professionalism, love and laughter in my work.

I am a strong advocate for every adult having conversations around “our end of life wishes”. These discussions with family and other people important to us are crucial to ensure our wishes for medical directives/decisions, end of life care choices, body care and burial/ cremation preferences are known and documented. Having completed these steps has certainly filled me with a sense of accomplishment and bought immense relief that when my time arrives, my family will have the space to be present emotionally not having to face the tough decisions.

It is a deep honour to be offering end of life doula services to my community. As a passionate advocate for educating community members to ensure they have communicated their end of life wishes to those close to them and competed their advance care plan. My role is to provide relevant information, resources and support to enable my clients make informed choices, you as the client are in full control of the level of support you seek from your doula.

My services may be requested for information gathering, advance life care planning assistance, and/or I can be at your side during your final moments supporting you and your loved ones, these choices are yours alone.

I welcome you to reach out for an initial conversation to meet me and decide if I am suited to you and those close to you and your needs. I will always provide referrals to other organization’s, health services and providers if that is decided to be in your best interest.

 

My Qualifications

Certified End of Life Doula, ‘Preparing the Way’ with Helen Callanan 

Nursing work history; Community Aged Care- Care Coordinator, Residential Aged Care, Palliative Care, Dementia specific care and acute ward-based nursing   

Member of The Australian Doula College 
Member of The National Death Advocacy Network 

First Aid Certificate 
Public Liability Insurance 
Police & Working with Children checks 

 

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