May 20
Chronic Illness The Focus Of National Palliative Care Week 2016

National Palliative Care Week (22-28 May) this year focusses on ‘Living Well with Chronic Illness’ and provides the perfect opportunity for friends and family to encourage people with life-limiting conditions to make their end-of-life wishes known, says Western NSW Local Health District Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative Care, James Daley.

“Without knowing what our loved ones want we cannot advocate for it on their behalf. It means more people will live in the way they want until the end, with the help of palliative care,” James said.

“Four out of five deaths in Australia are caused by chronic illness, but there is a misconception that only cancer patients can access palliative care. People with chronic illnesses often have more than one chronic illness which affects their health in different ways.”

“Many don’t realise that palliative care can help people with chronic illnesses to live well. Early access to palliative care can help them have a better quality of life,” James said.

“Palliative care offers many things, including pain and symptom management, to give people as much time as possible as they live with their life limiting illness. Palliative care isn’t just for the individual but also supports people like carers, friends and family.”

National Palliative Care Week runs 22-28 May 2016. More information is available at http://palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week/

Media enquiries:Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au