Western NSW Local Health District is celebrating all of those who work in palliative care during National Palliative Care Weekfrom 25-31May, with several information events happening around the District.
Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative Care James Daley said Palliative Care Week is a great opportunity to recognise the quality care provided to people with a life limiting illness, their families and carers.
“The nurses, GPs, specialists, allied health professionals, volunteers and family carers are our unsung heroes, supporting people through one the most difficult moments in their lives with respect, dignity and care,” Mr Daley said.
Palliative care aims is to improve the quality of life for people living with a life limiting illness, by providing care that recognises their many and individual needs, including physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual. Importantly, palliative care also supports the person’s family and carers during their illness and in bereavement.
“Palliative care is an issue that will affect all of us at some point in our lives, whether as a patient, carer, family member, neighbour or friend” Mr Daley said.
“To ensure that we all have quality care at the end of life, and that we are able to live and die well, we all need to take responsibility for making this happen.
“During National Palliative Care Week, we’re asking everyone in the community to work together to ensure everyone who needs it receives the best possible palliative care. One way to do this is by having a conversation with your loved ones about how we would like to spend the end of our lives”.
Western NSW LHD Palliative Care Teams will be holding information stalls during the week as follows, with palliative care teams and volunteers available to answer enquiries about palliative care:
- Bathurst - Tuesday, 27 May from 10.00am -12.00pm at Stockland Mall
- Dubbo - Tuesday, 27 May from 12.00pm -2.00pm outside Myer
- Orange - Wednesday, 28 May from 10.00am-12.00pm in Orange Health Service foyer.
Professor Patsy Yates, President of Palliative Care Australia, said “We encourage everyone to think about the care we would want to receive towards the end of life and to have conversations with those closest to us about these preferences. Decisions such as where we would like to be, the type of care we want, who we would like to see and who can make decisions on our behalf if we’re unable to do so.
“After all, you only die once, so you may as well have your say in it”.
Palliative Care Australia is asking people to share their palliative care stories during National Palliative Care Week. Whether you are a health professional, volunteer, carer, or person receiving palliative care, please share your stories on Twitter using #YODO and #NPCW14.
Further information on National Palliative Care Week is available at www.palliativecare.org.au.
Media Contact: James Daley, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse consultant is available for an interview by phoning 6330 5558 (Mon-Thursday: 8.30-5.00pm)