Royal Flying Doctor Service doctors, nurses and pilots are embarking on a new Dying to Talk in the Bush project to support people living in rural and remote areas to discuss their end-of-life wishes and map gaps in palliative care access.
People wishing to document and share their wishes for end-of-life care can now complete a series of questions online, or play an online card game to inspire and capture their thinking. Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, launched the new interactive online resources today, which build on Palliative Care Australia’s Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.
Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, today launched new resources designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people discuss end-of-life care wishes with their families or health care teams.
Spiritual care worker Russell Armstrong has spent much of his professional life helping others to process the unwelcome reality of their dying. He answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.
Cycling through the Pyrenees Mountains in France is on the bucket list of things Dr Philip Lee wants to achieve before he dies. The palliative care specialist was recently awarded Citizen of the Year in Parramatta.
Funeral director Amy Sagar (nee Porter) joined the funeral industry when she was 16 years old. Now 25, she works for Tender Funerals, one of Australia’s first not-for-profit, community-based funeral services, based in Port Kembla, NSW.
At the end of her life practising Muslim, Lina Ayoubi, would want to perform five prayers each day. She would want any pain to be made bearable, without being sedated, and would enjoy feeling the warmth of the sun. In the absence of grandchildren, she would settle for images of her daughter’s cat being beamed in.
Having lost her husband Lincoln to kidney cancer when he was just 48 years old, Dr Sarah Winch has thought and written about death ever since. Should she die an expected death, she would want to be in hospital with her handsome dog Jasper by her side, listening to ABBA.
Friends meditating and chanting matras, prayers to help him accept death and a rooftop party all feature in Arun Ramchand’s end-of-life wishes. He hopes in his afterlife to enjoy the good food his grandparents used to cook for him without gaining any weight.