Embracing Life’s Journey

Holistic Integrated Palliative Care at Pure Land Home Hospice

Welcome to Pure Land Home Hospice, where we provide holistic, integrated, home-based generalist palliative care. Our nurse-led community model ensures that people who are dying, their families and carers, receive compassionate and comprehensive care free of charge. We believe in a multi-faceted approach encompassing spiritual, psychosocial, physical, and clinical support from nurses and trained ‘companion’ volunteers. Our goal is to empower the dying person to live their life to the fullest, embracing meaning and purpose while supporting their desire to remain in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.

At Pure Land Home Hospice, we extend our support to the carers of the dying person and provide extensive bereavement care for as long as we are needed. While our values and ethics are underpinned by Buddhist values, our services are available to individuals of all faiths or those without faith.

Our founders and Co-Directors, Jan McGregor and India Wallace bring a wealth of experience and expertise to Pure Land Home Hospice. Jan is a registered nurse with a background in palliative care and aged care, including a senior Commonwealth position in the regulation of aged care. India has a background in advertising, marketing, and media and specialises in fundraising and events. She also runs a private holistic counselling and meditation practice, focusing on women’s cancer health and end-of-life care.

Pure Land Home Hospice traces its origins to Buddha House, a centre for advanced Buddhist studies established in the 1970s under the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). While Pure Land Home Hospice is an independent incorporated association, we maintain close ties with Buddha House and are accepted by FPMT as a probationary service. Drawing on the experience of successful FPMT home hospices Karuna and Cittamani, operating in Queensland for around 30 years, we have learned from their expertise and knowledge, including their early mistakes, in developing our hospice plans.

In addition to our palliative care services, Pure Land Home Hospice aims to educate the South Australian public about death and dying. We believe that with education, planning, and pastoral care, we can help normalise conversations about death and dying. We engage in community education events on death, dying, palliative care, grief, and bereavement, to promote discussion and reflection on what is often a complex subject.

We are working towards becoming fully operational and require at least $200,000 to commence our services. Thanks to the generosity of our ten Foundation Members, who donated $10,000 each, we have made significant progress in raising half of the start-up amount.

We are currently undergoing a pilot program with 10 participants, each of whom has a life-limiting condition and who is happy to assist us in testing our proposed model of care. This pilot phase will provide valuable data for refining our service before the launch, including developing relationships with general practitioners, specialist palliative care services, and other stakeholders. Initially, we will be accepting referrals to provide services to individuals within a 10-kilometre radius of Magill, with plans to expand to more expansive Adelaide and regional areas in the medium and long term.

Thank you for your support as we work towards fulfilling our mission of providing compassionate and holistic palliative care in South Australia. Together, we can make a difference in people facing the end-of-life journey.