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

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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