What matters most: conversations on Palliative Care Week

During Palliative Care Week 2019, people are being asked to reflect on what would be most important to them if they became seriously unwell.
During Palliative Care Week 2019, people are being asked to reflect on what would be most important to them if they became seriously unwell.

During National Palliative Care Week (May 19-25, 2019) all Australians are being ask to consider "What matters most?" and reflect on what would be most important to them if they became seriously unwell.

Organised by Palliative Care Australia (PCA), this important annual awareness campaign highlights how palliative care can help people with a life-limiting illness to have a high quality of life, to the end of life.

PCA Board chair Dr Jane Fischer says that dying is a normal part of life so it is important for everyone to have discussions about the type of care they would want to receive if they could no longer speak for themselves.

"We know that demand for palliative care is increasing. By having the conversation with their loved ones and health professionals as early as possible, 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," Dr Fischer says.

"During National Palliative Care Week we encourage everyone to discuss what matters most to them with their loved ones and health care team. Knowing what is important to you will reduce their burden at a difficult time and ensure you get the care you desire."

A number of events are planned to promote National Palliative Care Week 2019 in the Forster/Taree area.

  • Sunday May 19 - Manning Valley Push for Palliative Garden party at Bohnock Road, Bohnock featuring live music, food, an auction, information and guest speakers. 11am - 3pm.
  • Tuesday May 21 - Forster area memorial service at Community of Christ Church, Tuncurry, 10am - 12pm.
  • Wednesday May 22 - Taree area memorial service at Manning Great Lakes Memorial Gardens, Pampoolah, 10am - 12pm.
  • Friday May 24 - Great Lakes Palliative Care Support trivia night at Bridge Club Forster, 7pm.

For more information on Palliative Care Week visit palliativecare.org.au.

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