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National Palliative Care Week 2021

National Palliative Care Week 2021 will be held from Sunday 23 May – Saturday 29 May, with the theme Palliative Care It’s more than you think., which seeks to raise awareness about the many benefits of quality palliative care. One of the great myths about palliative care is that it is only a synonym for end-of-life care. It is so much more than that.  National Palliative Care Week (NPCW) provides an opportunity to discuss the benefits of palliative care and celebrate the amazing dedication of all those working and volunteering in palliative care across Australia. 

Campaign resources 

Ahead of the week, Palliative Care Australia will publish campaign resources so you can help raise awareness and promote the benefits of palliative care around Australia. 


If you or your organisation are holding an event during the week, please feel free to send us all the relevant information to so PCA can help you promote your event.  

Be sure to also make contact with your state or territory’s Member Organisation.

What is palliative care? 

Palliative care helps people living with a life-limiting illness to live as well as they can by managing pain and symptoms to ensure their quality of life is maintained. Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms that may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. 

Learn more and download a copy of  PCA’s brochure, “What is palliative care?” here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of common misconceptions about palliative care. Answers to some of the more frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQs here. 

Palliative Matters 

Palliative care is more than just care provided at the end of life. It gives people the chance to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. One in three Australians have had a family member receive palliative care, many in the community have inspiring and informative stories to share about living, dying and palliative carePalliative Matters is a regular series published on the PCA website that helps tell their stories. 

Join the NPCW conversation…

During National Palliative Care Week PCA wants to hear your palliative care stories and perspectives too. 

Use the hashtags #NPCW2021 and #morethanyouthink. 



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