National Palliative Care Week 2018

This year’s theme is ‘What Matters Most?’ which asks Australians to reflect on what would be most important to them if they became seriously unwell. The Productivity Commission’s recent report into human services found between 80,000 and 140,000 of the 160,000 people who die each year in Australia could benefit from high-quality end-of-life care. This time of life should be as comfortable and as positive as possible. “Demand for palliative care is increasing. Professionals and volunteers are needed in our community to support patients and carers as they deal with dying, death and bereavement,” Palliative Care Program Manager for Southern NSW Local Health District Jacky Clancy said. Ms Clancy says that dying is a normal part of life so it is important for all Australians to have discussions about death and dying and they type of care they would want to receive if they could no longer speak for themselves. “By having the conversation with those closest to them and with health professionals, people can ensure their treatment and care best aligns with their values and preferences regarding both the type and place of care and place of death”. “We encourage everyone to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their family and the health care team using the Dying to Talk Resources. Knowing what is important to you will reduce their burden at a difficult time and ensure you get the care you would like”. For more information on National Palliative Care Week visit http://palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week/ Download the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter at www.dyingtotalk.org.au

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