Victorians are being urged to have their say about the services they want to support them at the end of their and their loved ones’ lives.
A new Discussion Paper – Greater Say for Victorians: Improving End of Life Care – has been released, and consultation will be undertaken in coming months with health professionals, carers, families and members of the community to develop a new state-wide end of life care framework.
The Discussion Paper is available at www.betterendoflife.vic.gov.au, or a hard copy can be requested by calling 03 9096 1337. Submissions can be received until Friday 18 December 2015 via the website, EoLC.firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mailing Continuing Care – Health Service Programs, GPO BOX 4057, Melbourne VIC 3001.
According to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Victorians deserve the best possible end of life care – care that relieves pain and suffering, and provides empowering support to family, friends and carers.” “It’s so important that families and the wider community talk openly and honestly about end of life care. It can be a difficult topic, but it affects all of us.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams said “We want to hear from all Victorians so we can develop a strong end of life care framework to best meet the needs of our diverse community.” “End of life care is not something to put off to the ‘never never’. The earlier families talk about what care and support they want at the end of their life, the clearer and easier it is.”