National Palliative Care Week 2024 - the nation’s largest annual awareness raising initiative

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National Palliative Care Week 2024 - the nation’s largest annual awareness raising initiative

Australians have a great attitude to life; we want to bring that same openness and curiosity to how we approach end of life and National Palliative Care Week gives us a chance to explore the thinking and conversations that go with it.

Last year our National Palliative Care Week campaign reached over 2.13 million Australians. This year, Palliative Care Australia and our members around the country will take that up a notch, highlighting the real and growing need to educate and empower Australians about quality of life towards the end of life.

In 2024, National Palliative Care Week runs Sunday, 19 May to Saturday, 25 May with a host of local events supported by a vibrant social media campaign - allowing Australians to connect with the ‘people at the heart of quality palliative care’ – the doctors, nurses, social workers, volunteers, and many others.

The week coincides with significant and ongoing reforms across the health, aged care, and disability sectors and is a great opportunity for us to highlight the contribution palliative care is making and what more needs to be done.

Below you will find a host of information to support your own understanding of palliative care and a range of ideas and recourses that will enable you to get involved in National Palliative Care Week 2024.

Watch this page for more news and updates as we get closer to 19 May, 2024.


Events Calendar


Orange heart lapel pins - now available to order!

Advice for you

Other advice, tools and support

Quick links to more info

Join the conversation

“On behalf of Palliative Care Australia and the wider palliative care community we represent, I want to publicly thank Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and Mrs Linda Hurley who have served as PCA’s Patrons for the last five years,” says Prof Meera Agar, PCA Chair.

“Through her earlier work as a palliative care volunteer, Mrs Hurley brought a level of knowledge and compassion to her shared role as PCA Patron with her husband, which only served to deepen the impact they both had.”

Full statement ➡️

📸 General Hurley and Mrs Hurley during a 2023 visit to Clare Holland House, Canberra.



The inaugural National Palliative Care Week Lecture at Parliament House, Canberra, has really had people talking.

Prof David Currow, Deputy Vice Chancellor at UOW: University of Wollongong, Australia took a deep dive into the future of living, dying, and caring.

“Our health services today are playing catch-up,” he said.

“Our health services are actually geared to the middle of the 20th Century. Not the beginning of the 21st Century.”

You can now watch, listen to, or read a transcript of Prof Currow’s address ➡️, please share with your circles.

Thank you to Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ged Kearney for your participation, as well as the Co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends for Palliative Care, Senator Catryna Bilyk and Nola Marino MP.



The response to our national palliative care survey so far has been HUGE! Thank you!

Every voice is important and gives us a deeper understanding of the challenges, barriers, and successes in delivering or accessing palliative care in a range of health settings.

Please add your voice, you’ll need 10 to 20 minutes ➡️



We stand with our friends at Palliative Care South Australia to pay tribute to a trailblazer of the palliative care community – Jennifer Cashmore AM.

Among her many achievements is ‘The Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act’ described as pivotal to the provision of palliative care in SA.

Read Palliative Care SA’s tribute ➡️

Coverage from ABC News ➡️

📸 PMalinauskasMP on X



Hello Tassie friends, get your nominations in for the Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards run by Palliative Care Tasmania.

Now in their 8th year, the awards honour the outstanding contributions of individuals and organisations around Tasmania who are dedicated to delivering compassionate palliative and end-of-life care.

The nomination process is simple and only takes a few minutes, start here ➡️


More evidence of the impact a ‘Rural and Remote Institute of Palliative Medicine’ could have.

Upskilling our aged care and primary health sectors, especially in rural and regional communities, is key to increasing access to quality palliative care.

Thanks for sharing your story with ABC Wimmera Kerrie and Jeremy. Full story ➡️

More about the ‘Rural and Remote Institute of Palliative Medicine’ ➡️

📸 ABC Wimmera’s Philippe Perez: Farmer Kerrie Winfield and her son Jeremy Adlam. Jeremy is now receiving palliative care at home on the farm.