National Palliative Care Week runs from Sunday 24th - Saturday 30th May 2015. This year's theme Dying to talk; talking about dying won't kill you encourages all Australians to discuss their end of life wishes before they need their families to carry them out. Having a difficult conversation now will save many families the trauma of making challenging decisions about end-of-life care without their loved one’s guidance.
Australians do not like to talk about death and dying, it is one of the last taboos. But death happens to us all and to have the best death possible, we need to plan and prepare for it.
During National Palliative Care Week, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is encouraging Australians to break the last taboo and talk about dying – it won’t kill you.
PCA wants to normalise death and dying. To do this Australians need to feel more comfortable talking about what their wishes and needs are as they approach end of life. Australians need to be comfortable and confident to ask for the care they want.
PCA encourages all Australians to use National Palliative Care Week as a conversation starter – get together with those close to them, celebrate life (have a meal or a coffee) and talk about death.
- How do you want to be cared for?
- What values are important to you?
- What do you want when you die?
- Have you considered if you wish to be buried or cremated?
- Do you want to pass away at home or in a hospice?
- Have you established a power of attorney?
All these questions and more need to be addressed to ensure Australians can aim for best death possible, with their family and friends aware of their wishes.
Talking can be difficult. But talking about end of life wishes in a calm environment ahead of big decisions can make it easier. An advance care plan is one way to express wishes and to make arrangements for after death.
So, during National Palliative Care Week; take a moment to think about death. How you want to die and how you want to be cared for to live well.
To support National Palliative Care Week you can:
- Print out and put up a poster
- Change your facebook and/or Twitter profile
- Use the email signature
- Use our hashtags in your social conversations: #dyingtotalk #npcw15
- Celebrate life and talk about death: talk about dying with your family and tell them your wishes
- Investigate an advance care plan
- Find everything at: palliativecare.org.au
Attend a Trivia Night!
Palliative Care Australia and Member Organisations around the country are hosting FREE Trivia Nights.
All trivia nights will be held on Friday 29 May 2015 at 7pm local time. Trivia nights will be held in:
Brisbane – Coorparoo RSL & Community Club, 45 Holdsworth St Coorparoo QLD 4151
Sydney – The Roseville Club, 64 Pacific Highway Roseville NSW 2071
Canberra – Belconnen Labour Club, Chandler St Belconnen ACT 2617
Perth – The Wembley Hotel, 344 Cambridge St Wembley WA 6014
Melbourne – South Oakleigh Club, 1 Victor Road Bentleigh East VIC 3165
Adelaide – The Hackney, 95 Hackney Road Hackney SA 5069