National Palliative Care Week 2023 - 'Matters of Life and Death'

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National Palliative Care Week 2023 - 'Matters of Life and Death'

National Palliative Care Week this May offers a key moment of reflection for all Australians. 

Between 21 and 27 May, 2023 ‘Matters of Life and Death’ will be front and centre in our communities’ consciousness as we highlight the 'people at the heart of quality palliative care'

Palliative Care Australia and our member organisations in every State and Territory are developing a dynamic promotional campaign and program of events, and the wider community is invited to get involved.  

Save the date now and start planning! 

“The launch of a feature length documentary will inspire many conversations and open the door on the full scope and impact of palliative care,” says Camilla Rowland, Chief Executive Officer, Palliative Care Australia (PCA).  

“We have been working with award winning documentary makers for over two years, ‘Live the life you please’ will make you smile, laugh, laugh harder and occasionally shed a tear as a diverse range of Australians share the last chapter of life with us. 

“The film will premiere at Parliament House, Canberra on May 22 and will launch National Palliative Care Week for us and I hope launch thousands of conversations about the importance of quality palliative care and end of life planning.” 

Film screenings are being planned around the country by PCA members, but any organisation or group can host their own local screening of ‘Live the life you please’ – its affordable, accessible, and can be used as a fundraiser. Talk to Moonshine Agency for details.  

“We are also keen to use the week to recognise our amazing volunteers, carers and paid workforce – the doctors, nurses, physios, social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians and others who all contribute to that wholistic, team approach to palliative care,” Ms Rowland says. 

“A vibrant social media campaign will highlight their dedication, skill, and compassion – especially over the last few years where demand for palliative care services has increased by at least 30% on the back of the pandemic. 

“We are less then 10 weeks out from National Palliative Care Week, so I invite any organisation or group involved in the delivery of health and care services to think about how they can support this national conversation about ‘Matters of Life and Death’,” Ms Rowland says. 

A range of campaign assets will be available to download from this page as the campaign progresses, feel free to use what's here to support your involvement and support for National Palliative Care Week, and subscribe to the PCA eNewsletter to stay up to date. 

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