Palliative care is everyone’s business – let’s work together

Palliative care is everyone’s business – let’s work together
This year National Palliative Care Week is from Sunday 25 May to Saturday 31 May and Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) wishes to acknowledge everyone, who works in palliative care and the quality care they provide to people with a life limiting illness their families and carers.

Wayne Jones, NNSW LHD Chief of Staff said, these people are the General Practitioners, Specialists, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Volunteers and family Carers. They are our unsung heroes, supporting people through one the most difficult moments in their lives with respect, dignity and care.

The aim of palliative care 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 many of us at some point in our lives, whether as a patient, carer, family member, neighbour or friend. We need to ensure that we all have quality care at the end of life and are able to live and die well, and we all need to take responsibility for making this happen,” Mr Jones said.

“Recently the NNSW LHD partnered with Silver Chain to provide care and support in the final stage of a person’s palliative care. Silver Chain is an organization with extensive experience in supporting patients and their families in the final stages of the patient’s life.

“The NNSW LHD Palliative Care Team works collaboratively with the Silver Chain Group Staff to ensure high quality end-of-life care for our shared clients who wish to die at home,” he said.

“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,” said Mr Jones.

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.’

Further information on National Palliative Care Week is available at www.palliativecare.org.au .


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