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National Palliative Care Week

The next National Palliative Care Week will be held 21-28 May 2017. More details will be announced on this page shortly.


2016 Information

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National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia.

National Palliative Care Week is a national week supported by the Department of Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.

The theme addresses the need for people with advanced chronic illness to be able to access palliative care.

PCA will highlight how palliative care can help people with chronic illnesses to live well. Four out of five deaths in Australia are caused by chronic illness, but there is a misconception that only cancer patients can access palliative care.

People with chronic illnesses often have more than one chronic illness which affects their health in different ways. Early access to palliative care can help them have a better quality of life.


A number of events are planned for National Palliative Care Week 2016 please see below for a calendar of national and local events.

Download the Events Calendar 

Posters and social media imagery can be downloaded from the PCA website here. You can also send letters to your elected representatives to advocate for awareness about palliative care.

Discussion Starter

PCA encourages all Australians to use National Palliative Care Week as a discussion starter – get together with those closest to you and celebrate life (have a meal or a coffee) and talk about your end-of-life care wishes.

We have created the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter to help with these conversations. We’re asking people to work through our Dying to Talk Discussion Starter to begin to think, talk and document what is important to them, including the care they want at the end of their lives.

Communications Kit

We have developed a communications toolkit for organisations and people who are interested in supporting NPCW by holding an event or by helping spread our messages on social media. Download the NPCW Communications Toolkit.

Available collateral:
Posters – there are four versions of the poster highlighting how palliative care can help people with chronic illness.
1. Poster one – Couple holidaying at the beach
2. Poster two – Couple taking a selfie 
3. Poster three – Father and son laughing
4. Poster four – Indigenous couple smiling 

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Facebook cover photo – NPCW-Facebook-Header.jpg

Twitter cover photo – NPCW-Twitter-Header.jpg

Email Signature – NPCW 2016 Email Signature

Media Release Template –  NPCW Toolkit Media Release

PCA will be running social media competitions on our facebook and twitter accounts. Prizes will be available to those who participate. Remember to use our hashtags and logos to promote the week and get more people involved in a great cause.

Hashtags: to join a Twitter conversation or competition use: #npcw16 #dyingtotalk
Our twitter name is: @Pall_Care_Aus
Hashtags for specific competitions will be released when the competitions are announced.


If you have any stories or suggestions you would like to share please contact our media office on pcainc@palliativecare.org.au or call (02) 6232 4433.

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