The mission of Ambulance Wish Western Australia is to fulfil the wishes of terminally ill patients who are no longer mobile and unable to travel without medical intervention, equipment and support. Medically trained volunteers and special Wish Ambulances provide the means to make these last dreams come true.
Ambulance Wish Western Australia is entirely dependent on volunteers and community support. Its management committee is comprised entirely of volunteers, there are no salaried staff. Volunteer clinicians accompany the patients on their last wish, all supported by volunteers behind the scenes. There are various ways that you can get involved and help terminally ill West Australians fulfil their final wishes.
Theory of change
While the fulfilment of patients’ final wishes can have a huge positive influence on the individual patient and their family, the establishment and development of Ambulance Wish Western Australia can assist in changing the narrative towards positive dying and improved well-being.
As part of the international Ambulance Wish Movement, Ambulance Wish Western Australia receives updates regarding achievements and benefits fulfilling final wishes from around the world, for example, Ambulance Wish Queensland is currently collaborating with several academics and project management experts to develop a Program Benefits Framework to ensure the impact of the program can be demonstrated.
From their research, and experiences from other international Ambulance Wish Institutions, anticipated benefits of the Ambulance Wish programme in Western Australia will include:
- Improved well-being;
- Reduced anxiety and fear;
- Increased empowerment;
- Increased end of life planning;
- Increased awareness of palliative care;
- Increased compassionate communities; and
- Increased death and compassion literacy.
Representatives from Ambulance Wish Western Australia also participate in discussions on improving Western Australia palliative care, including providing care strategies and guidelines for ambulance services.