Band reforms to show palliative care is no solo event

Will Udall, Stuart McLintock and Scott Kay are reforming their band ramJET for the benefit concert, while Adrian Tarca is helping to organise the gig. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411601
Will Udall, Stuart McLintock and Scott Kay are reforming their band ramJET for the benefit concert, while Adrian Tarca is helping to organise the gig. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411601

Stuart McLintock unfortunately knows this first hand after becoming a carer at age 25 to his father, who eventually passed away from lung and bone cancer mid 2011.

McLintock’s father was never admitted to hospital and chose to spend his final days at home, his son most grateful for this time spent with his dad.

‘It is almost like once people are going to die it’s just forgotten about, but there are weeks, months, sometimes years of ‘dying’ that people need to be supported in ” it’s brutal,’ he said.

‘Palliative Care WA is the representative body for any palliative care organisation in the State.

‘We engaged the help of Silverchain, where one of their nurses would come out a couple times a week to check all the vitals, go through his medication because it was changing every day, and answer the millions of question my dad had because he was the kind of guy who had a lot of questions.’

Ever since the experience, McLintock has wanted to do something to not only support Palliative Care WA financially, but also raise awareness among his age group. This has resulted in organising his former high school band ramJET to hold a reunion benefit concert, with support by other local acts.

ramJET won the 2001 National Battle of the Bands and included Matt Harley, Will Udall and Scott Kay, with McLintock on bass guitar,