The Western NSW Local Health District is encouraging local residents to begin a conversation about a universally difficult topic: how we envisage our end of life care, during National Palliative Care Week (May 19-25).
Palliative Care affects all of us at some stage in our lives, whether as a patient, a carer, family member, neighbour or friend.
How will you make palliative care your business?is this year’s theme for National Palliative Care Week, which provides a starting point for people to think about how they can make palliative care ‘their own business’ and ensure we have quality end of life care and that we are able to live and die well.
“Palliative Care is about supporting people to live as well as possible until they die, as well as supporting the person’s loved ones and carers through the process. One very useful first step to ‘make it your business’ is to have a conversation with your family and loved ones.
“We know that most people do have preferences about how they would like to be cared for at the end of their life, however, many don’t share these ideas with the people closest to them. Most of us trust our family and other loved ones to help make decisions about our care, but without actually having the conversation with them how will they understand what we want?” said Director of Cancer Services and Innovation, Ruth Jones.
“Palliative care is about providing care based on individual needs and preferences, for example the place you want to be cared for, the type of care you want to receive and the people you wish to be present. It’s important everyone in our communities is making it their business to have conversations with their loved ones about death, dying and end of life care,” said, President ofPalliative Care Australia, Professor Patsy Yates.
Western NSW Local Health District Specialist Palliative Care teams are located at:
Daffodil Cottage, Corner of Howick and Commonwealth Streets
Ph 6330 55347
Orange Health Service, Forest Road Ph 6369 3380
Community Health Centre,18 Coleman RoadPh 6862 1866
Community Health Centre, Elgin StreetPh 6850 2233
DubboBase Hospital, Myall Street Ph 6885 8757
LourdesHospital, Tony McGrane Place Ph 6841 8500
Community Health Centre, Corner of Meares and Church Streets Ph 6378 6250
Community Health Centre, 26 Tarcoon Street Ph 6870 8888
Community Health Centre, 141 Fox Street Ph 6828 6000
The Palliative Care teams support palliative care provided by a range of people including carers, community and hospital nurses and doctors and they provide an outreach service to cover the entire Western NSW Local Health District.
The Palliative Care teams can provide advice and education regarding the management of troublesome symptoms associated with advanced illness, provide equipment to assist in caring for patients in the home as well as assist in the coordination of hospital and community services to support palliative patients wherever they are located.
To celebrate National Palliative Care Week information displays will be in the:
- Orange Health Service
- Parkes Health Service
- Forbes Health Service
In addition, a Palliative Care Information Table at Bathurst’s Stockland Mall will be attended by members of the Bathurst Palliative Care team on 21st May from 12 - 2 pm.
Palliative Care Australia is encouraging people to share their palliative care journeys and leave a tribute to someone they love at www.mytribute.com.au
Further information on National Palliative Care Week is available at www.palliativecare.org.au .