Western NSW Local Health District (Eastern and Southern Clusters) is using this National Palliative Care Week as an opportunity to encourage the local community to have a conversation with their loved ones and health professionals about their needs and wishes for the end of life.
‘It’s important that people have thought about the care and support they would like to receive at the end of life,’ said James Daley Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant. ‘This includes things like the type of care they want, where they would like to be cared for, and by whom.’
Some things are too important to be left unsaid. It’s also important that these care preferences are recorded, preferably in an advance care plan, and that people share this with their loved ones and relevant health professionals.
‘It’s never too early to chat about dying. Encouraging people to have end of life conversations ahead of time can help alleviate a lot of stress for families and carers, and avoid situations where they are asked to make decisions about a person’s care and don’t know what they would have wanted,’ said James Daley
Dr Scott Blackwell, President of Palliative Care Australia, said ‘Palliative care is about living and dying well and supporting not only the individual, but also their families and carers. It’s important that everyone knows what care and support is available, and how they can receive it, so that we can ensure all Australians receive quality care at the end of their lives.’
Western NSW Local Health District (Bathurst Palliative Care Team) is holding a Palliative Care Information Table at the Stockland mall in Bathurst on Thursday the 31st May from 10am to 1pm.
This will give an opportunity for the public to meet palliative care nurses from Bathurst to talk about how the local palliative care team supports the Bathurst community.
Western NSW Local Health District has four specialist nurse palliative care teams who work closely with local health providers and the community in supporting the needs of people diagnosed with a life limiting illness.
The teams are located at Bathurst, Orange, Parkes and Forbes and can be contacted at: Bathurst: Daffodil Cottage 6330 5347, Orange Medical Services 63693380, Parkes Community Health: 68612500 and Forbes community Health: 68502233
For further comment contact James Daley, Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative Care on 6330 5558.
Further information on National Palliative Care Week is available at www.palliativecare.org.au.