Historical information

"During 1984 local community members identified a need for community based palliative care services. A steering committee formed and after much consultation in 1985 an incorporated association was formed. With strong community support the committee lobbied for and gained government funding. State funds were granted in April 1987 for two nurses and a vehicle to operate from Ballarat and District Nursing Society’s Headquarters in Armstrong St, Ballarat. During 1989 Ballarat Hospice Care was recognised as a model for palliative care services. Service development continued leading to the purchase and refurbishment of 312 Drummond St Sth, Ballarat with operations commencing in 1999 from that location." (From: Ballarat Hospice Care website, https://ballarathospicecare.org.au/who-we-are/history) Unions Ballarat Secretary, Graeme Shearer, was on the steering committee as a Labour Organisation representative. Documents: 1. Palliation Plus Program, Steering Committee Meeting Author: Alan Carless Date: 29 November ???? 2. Ballarat Hospice Care - letter - rules incorporated Author: Alan Carless Date: 3rd December 1984 3. Steering Committee - apologies for not attending meeting and rates of pay for nurses Author: Alan Carless Date: n.d. 4. Palliation Plus Program - letter to Graeme Shearer and Dulcie Corbett, Ballarat Trades and Labour Council Author: Alan Carless Date: 4th November 1984 5. Ballarat Hospice Care - Steering Committee Meeting Author: Alan Carless Date: 29 November 1984 6. Ballarat Hospice Care (inc.) - letter - requesting financial support Author: Ballarat Hospice Care Date: n.d. 7. Ballarat Hospice Care (inc.) - Newsletter Author: Ballarat Hospice Care Date: December 1985-January1986 8. Palliation Plus Program - letter to Graeme Shearer - invitation to first meeting of steering committee. Author: Alan Carless Date: 20 October 1984 9. Palliation Plus Program - Steering Committee Meeting Author: Alan Carless Date: 1st November 1984 10. Palliation Plus Program - hospice working conditions Author: Alan Carless Date: 4th November 1984

Significance

Union role in community decision making and social improvements.

Physical description

Loose documents - minutes, agendas and correspondence - scanned.

Inscriptions & markings

Handwritten notes on some documents.