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 runs, 21 May to 27 May 2023 and aims to put ‘Matters of Life and Death’ front and centre in Australia’s consciousness. Camilla Rowland, Chief Executive Officer at Palliative Care Australia (PCA) says, “We understand that death and dying is a difficult subject to talk about and engage with, but this year we have some powerful voices joining the campaign to inspire and start important conversations.”

“The ‘people at the heart of quality palliative care’ – our workforce and volunteers, have opened their hearts to share the life lessons they learn everyday as they provide care and support to people and families living with a life limiting illness.

“The vibrant video and social media campaign that is central to the week will also allow us all to show our appreciation for the doctors, nurses, physios, social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, volunteers and the many others who contribute to the person-centred team approach to palliative care.”

Adding further weight to our message is the world premiere of ‘Live the life you please’, a powerful documentary produced by Moonshine Agency. The film delves into the stories of real people from across the country, sharing their personal experiences of palliative care. The film will make you smile, laugh, laugh harder and occasionally shed a tear as this diverse range of Australians share the last chapter of their life with us. 

“National Palliative Care Week and the stories we’ll share will open the door on the full scope and impact of palliative care and the quality of life it delivers. I hope it provides a moment of reflection for all Australians to think about and plan for the last chapter of life,” Ms Rowland says.  

Film screenings and a host of other events will make for a busy NPCW around the country. A full list of events can be found below as well as a range tools to help grow awareness of palliative care.  Getting involved and showing your support for palliative care and the people who deliver it is as easy as sharing your story on social media using #MattersOfLifeAndDeath. 

“Whether you are receiving palliative care, looking after someone or know someone who is receiving care, we encourage you to share your experience and break down those taboos,” Ms Rowland says.  The advice, tools, and support below have been pulled together to support those working and volunteering in palliative care and help anyone and everyone better understand palliative care and how to access it.  

You will also find some great resources to start end-of-life conversations and record those wishes and plans.  Please make the most of the communication and marketing assets below to show your support and help amplify the message.  

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National movie screenings

Advice for you

Other advice, tools and support

Quick links to more info

Join the conversation

We have around 1000 responses so far – but only 11% come for primary health and 16% from aged care.

We need a deeper understanding of the challenges, barriers, and successes in accessing palliative care ➡️

Thank you!


🚨Medicine shortages – advice for clinicians…

Current shortages and disruptions in the supply of oral liquid morphine products continue to cause distress and concern. These medicines are critical for maintaining quality of life for people of all ages in the last phase of their life.

PCA is working with the TGA to keep clinicians updated on their treatment options ahead of a more secure supply being established during August.

As new advice comes through we’ll let you know, update ➡️


We are back with another Thursdays@3 season!! 📣📣

A real treat today – a face, voice and talent you will be very familiar with, a performer and writer who has occupied treasured space on stage, TV, radio, coffee tables and book shelves – for decades, the one and only Jean Kittson!

What you might not realise is that when it comes to aging, dying, and death – Jean has skin in the game, as a carer for your parents, as the author of a practical guide to having ageing parents, and as the patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

And sadly, through the recent death of her mum and dad – Elaine and Roy, an experience that has left her traumatised and feeling like the system let her family down.

Click play to join the conversation 👇

More information and show notes:
🧡 Jean’s website, where you can purchase her book ‘We Need to Talk about Mum & Dad – a practical guide to parenting aging parents’ 👉

🧡 Palliative Care Nurses Australia Inc. conference registration and info 👉

🧡 Katie Rose Cottage Hospice, Noosa 👉

Thank you to you for tuning into Thursdays@3 and engaging in ‘matters of life and death’.



As we mark NAIDOC week, Palliative Care Australia celebrates the resilience, culture, and pride of Australia’s First Nations people.

As a member of The Close the Gap Campaign, we add our voice to those calling for a better vision of this country, and continue to promote the importance of culturally safe palliative care and the tools and education that support that.

During NAIDOC, we want to highlight the work of our friends at IPEPA – Your Care, Our Mob.

Featuring the voice of multi-talented Sean Choolburra, IPEPA’s animated series of short films take you on a journey exploring different aspects of what happens when someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Click play ➡️

The videos draw on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural strengths and perspectives to educate and entertain communities and health professionals about palliative care themes in a grass-roots way.

IPEPA training builds on the video series and equips the healthcare workforce to deliver culturally safe and responsive care, find out how you can get involved and learn more ➡️

📸 The hero of IPEPA’s video series Sean, at the bedside of loved one.

#NAIDOC #NAIDOCWEEK #NAIDOC2024 #KeepTheFireBurning #BlakLoudandProud



The palliative care sector has welcomed news of a new faster NDIS pathway to better meet the needs of people living with disabilities and a terminal diagnosis.

“Overall, this is very welcome news but it’s important to note the gaps that remain and the growing demand on health and care systems,” says Camilla Rowland, PCA, CEO.

Full story ➡️



Paramedics are uniquely placed to provide frontline 24/7 care for people nearing the end of life, yet the profession is repeatedly overlooked in healthcare funding, workforce planning and palliative care related policy.

On this International Paramedic’s Day, Palliative Care Australia and the Australasian College of Paramedicine have joined forces to improve access to and delivery of high-quality palliative care throughout Australia.

PCA and the ACP have put forward a range of actions to decision makers ➡️