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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Death is confronting, which is why many of us find it hard to talk about. Consider sharing your story and experience as a way of opening conversations about death and dying and inspiring our community.

Share your story on social media, using #MattersOfLifeAndDeath

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Palliative care can be delivered by General Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, allied health professionals, aged care workers, volunteers and carers, as well as specialist palliative care services. They all play a critical role in delivering exceptional care and optimising quality of life.

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The long-standing benchmark for quality palliative care has been updated.

“Our National Standards for Specialist Palliative Care Services have played a key role in strengthening the sector’s work and delivering quality of life to patients and families for over 15 years,” says Chelsea Menchin, National Projects Manager, PCA.

During National Palliative Care Week, PCA is proud to launch an updated edition of the Standards and more user-friendly self-assessment tools that services can work through as they embed the nine standards into their ways of working.

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Show your support and gratitude for those who deliver palliative care in your community, purchase and wear one of our orange hearts, visit ➡️

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Palliative care is person and family-centred care provided to people of all ages with life-limiting illness, aimed at helping people live as well as possible, for as long as possible.

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We know that surveys can be a drag, this one is different.

At the start of National Palliative Care Week, we are launching a landmark survey that seeks to increase access to palliative care in a range of health settings.

“As our population gets older and lives with an increasing burden of chronic illness, demand for palliative care is growing. We need to be ready to meet that demand,” says Camilla Rowland, CEO, PCA.

We know you are busy, so we don’t ask you to do this often, but the results will supercharge our advocacy efforts across the country.

Questions are targeted at those working in the specialist palliative care, aged care, primary health, and allied health sectors. Clinicians, service and practise managers, and volunteers are all encouraged to take part.

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