You might know her from her days hanging from the ceiling of the 'The Big Gig', from the craziness of 'Let the Blood Run Free', or as an insightful, warm hearted author - she wears many hats! We are thrilled to give her another and announce that none other than Jean Kittson, the queen of Australian comedy will MC the National Palliative Care Awards this September in Sydney. Apart from being one of the stalwarts of Australian comedy, Jean uses her profile to talk about what's important - she has been an advocate for women’s health and palliative care for many years. She is the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia Inc. and her latest book 'We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad' opens up conversations on how to support your ageing loved ones. Join us for a memorable night as we recognise and celebrate the best in palliative care with Jean Kittson. And most importantly don't forget to nominate your colleagues for an award! This is your opportunity to give those you admire the recognition they deserve. Anyone can nominate, entry is free, nominations close on Thursday, 15 June 2023. The process is easy and straight forward. Start here 👉 Thanks to our Award partners Silverchain.


National Palliative Care Week in 2023 set out to highlight the ‘people at the heart of quality palliative care’ and thousands of people have responded. The campaign gave people across Australia the chance to show their appreciation for the doctors, nurses, physios, dieticians, social workers, therapists, volunteers, and many others who deliver quality of life to people with life limiting illness and their loved ones. “Given the pressures our health and aged care systems have been under it was important for us to demonstrate our appreciation and thanks to the health professionals and volunteers who make a difference in people’s lives every day,” says Camilla Rowland, CEO, PCA. “We gave people a chance to say thank you and reflect on the dedication, skill, and compassion of the palliative care sector and people ran with it.” More from NPCW ➡️ #MattersOfLifeAndDeath 🧡


Unmasking Grief is a new video series that sensitively illuminates the grief stories of four bereaved mothers. Hoping to make a difference for other families dealing with grief, Rachel, Yvonne, Bec and Angela bravely confront topics with dignity, grace, vulnerability, and humour. Project lead, Dr Leigh Donovan says, “There is great fear and reluctance around confronting grief which leaves many so isolated in bereavement." “However, when we begin to unmask this experience, as a community we become more confident in seeing grief as a natural, human experience and one that requires solidarity rather than disconnection.” More ➡️


😱23OPCC early bird registrations have been extended!😱 Following National Palliative Care Week our community is energised - we feel it too and are thrilled to announce that the window for early bird registrations to attend the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference have been extended! You now have until 11:59 pm on Friday, 9 June 2023 to secure your cheapest rego option. Get in now to save over $300 on the full cost. From creative workshops to big name keynote speakers - the 23OPCC program will equip you with the tools and knowledge to make a difference. 23OPCC comes at a key time in Australia’s health and aged care reform agenda - you need to be there to add your voice and learn from renowned researchers, clinicians, and practitioners. And not just that - this will be fun! A chance to gather in Sydney during spring with friends new and old. Don't forget tax time is just around the corner! Secure your spot now and save ➡️ #23OPCC #MattersOfLifeAndDeath 🧡


Every day and every week, but especially so during National Reconciliation Week, PCA is keen to raise awareness about the value we see in stronger bonds with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We believe the referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament is an important step in our country’s reconciliation journey. As the national peak body for palliative care, our mission is to influence the delivery of quality palliative care for all who need it, when and where they need it. Important to this, is an acknowledgment that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are dynamic and diverse across Australia. The integration of the traditions, values, and practices of these cultures - into policy, service delivery, and Australia's Constitution is critical. More 👉🏽 #Yes23 #MattersOfLifeAndDeath 🧡


Palliative care physician and PCA Chair, Professor Meera Agar shares her work and wisdom tonight on SBS INSIGHT. “I always laugh because, as a palliative care clinician I have to go for my annual resuscitation training,” she told Insight. “We all have our CPR training up to date, but there's no annual communication training. “The thing that I do in my day-to-day work every day, with every person, is communicate.” Whether you are a health professional or not, talking about death and dying is hard, but so important. Start the conversation tonight (May 30) at 8:30pm with Meera on SBS Australia or later on SBS On Demand. More 👉🏼


The National Palliative Care Awards are back this year. Held every two years, the awards recognise excellence, innovation, teamwork, and emerging talent in Australia’s palliative care sector; and this year’s award line-up features a new award for lifetime achievement. This is your opportunity to give your colleagues the recognition they deserve. The gala awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 14 September 2023, and coincides with the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Find out more about the award categories and how to submit your nominations 👉


That’s a wrap on National Palliative Care Week for 2023, thank you to everyone who showed their support for the ‘people at the heart of quality palliative care’. Conversations about quality of life are relevant every week of the year, please don’t stop now. For advice, tools, and support with ‘matters of life and death’ 👉🏻 #MattersOfLifeAndDeath 🧡


"But his hand pressed into mine the strongest goodbye. And he told me what he already knew," writes Rachel Coghlan, palliative care physiotherapist, researcher and PCA Board Director. 'Wrinkled hand laying gently in the hand of the one giving accompaniment' - rings a bell? It's the most often used image to portray death and dying - but is that a true reflection of what it's actually like to care for those dying? Rachel shares a poetic reflection on the chaos and 'messiness' of providing palliative care, read here 👉 #MattersOfLifeAndDeath 🧡


What does quality of life at the end-of-life look like to you? Visit our website for tools to help your thinking and planning and help make it happen 👉 Palliative Care Australia and its members around the country have developed a road map of actions to increase access to palliative care for all Australians. Show your support by sharing it with your network - Palliative Care Australia Roadmap 2022-2027 👉 #MattersOfLifeAndDeath 🧡


“News of this funding is very welcome as the sector wraps up National Palliative Care Week,” says Camilla Rowland, CEO, Palliative Care Australia. Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler MP has announced $69 million in funding that will allow universities, health services, and palliative care organisations around Australia to build on the foundations of their earlier work. Palliative Care Australia has been funded to deliver the ‘Shaping the Future of Paediatric Palliative Care’ project. “I am delighted that the hard work of the PCA team over the last three years in developing the Paediatric Palliative Care Project has been recognised and that we can now implement some of its key activities,” Ms Rowland says. More ➡️ #MattersOfLifeAndDeath 🧡


Palliative care delivers quality of life and supports loved ones with their grief and bereavement. Visit to find out more. Advice, tools and support for 'matters of life and death' 👉 #MattersOfLifeAndDeath 🧡