National Palliative Care Week Living Well With Chronic Illness
The most recent AIHW statistics show most people accessing palliative care in Australia have cancer. In fact many people with chronic illnesses should also be able to access the range of services including, pain and symptom management, that palliative care provides.
Key Messages for National Palliative Care Week 2016
- Talking about dying won’t kill you
- It is important to talk about dying with those closest to you before it’s too late
- Anyone with a chronic illness needs to talk about their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones and doctors. Doing so means you will receive the care you want and your family will know care you want (or something like that)
- Dying to Talk Discussion Starter makes having those conversations easier http://dyingtotalk.org.au/discussion-starter/
For more information on COTA Victoria’s End of Life work
COTA Victoria is currently working in partnership with Palliative Care Victoria to present information sessions to community groups on ‘Live well, die well: The role of palliative care’. To book a presentation please phone 1300 13 50 90.