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Celebrating 30 years of advocating for quality palliative care

This year Palliative Care Australia celebrates 30 years of advocating for quality palliative care for all who need it, when are where they need it. It’s an achievement we are very proud of – but one that could not have happened without the enduring support of the palliative care community. To all who have promoted and advocated for access to quality palliative care over the past 30 years, we thank you. Your support has enabled us to change the way end of life care is delivered for and accessed by people living with life-limiting conditions.

PCA launched in 1998, developing from the Australian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Inc which started in 1991. Since then, we have not stood still, but have grown and worked with great enthusiasm to meet the needs of our community. Our voice has been critical in connecting communities with high quality palliative care services and sharing the message that palliative care is more than people may think. In doing so we’ve improved access to quality end of life care and challenged many common misconceptions about palliative care.

This year we will identify, acknowledge and celebrate the amazing dedication of all those working and volunteering in palliative care across Australia over the past 30 years. It is because of the dedication, generosity and strength of the palliative care community in Australia that we have been able to improve quality of life, so that those with a palliative care diagnosis can live well and die well.

Anyone who has lost a loved one, or is currently supporting someone who is dying, will know how valuable palliative care is to someone with a serious or life-limiting illness to assist in managing their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

While we acknowledge there is still a more to be done for palliative care to be recognised and properly funded, we wish to mark the milestones we have passed, and stay committed to our mission to influence, foster and promote the delivery of quality palliative care for all who need it, when and where they need it.

Share your story

If you or someone you know has worked for or with Palliative Care Australia and wish to share your experiences, or if you wish to commemorate achievements in the palliative care sphere in Australia within the last thirty years, please reach out to communications@palliativecare.org.au. PCA is also looking for photos that show the progress of palliative care in Australia.

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