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National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week will be held 20-26 May 2018. More details will be announced shortly. 

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

The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’.

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 aged care services to provide palliative care where appropriate.

PCA will highlight how palliative care can help people accessing aged care services to have a high quality of life, right to the end of life.

People in aged care often have more than one chronic illness which affects their health in different ways. Palliative care can help manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

New Dying to Talk Resources

Use our two new resources – the online Dying to Talk Discussion Starter and Dying to Talk Card Game


A number of events are planned for National Palliative Care Week 2017 please see our events page for national and local events.

You can also send letters to your elected representatives to advocate for awareness about palliative care.


Communications Kit

A comprehensive communications kit is available for download here.

A template media release is available for your download here.

A letter for your local politician can be downloaded and customised here. Find your local MP or Senator’s contact details on the Australian Parliament’s website here. Letters can be emailed or posted using the contact details provided. 

Social Media Resources

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: #npcw17 #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 0700.



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