Palliative care helps people live as fully and comfortably as possible when suffering from a chronic terminal illness.
Palliative care can be physical, emotional or spiritual in nature and can include providing pain relief, access to home-care resources, assistance for families and counselling and grief support.
Even though four out of five deaths are caused by chronic illness, there is a common myth in Australia that only cancer patients can access palliative care. National Palliative Care Week aims to correct this misconception and encourage more sufferers of chronic illness to investigate their options with regards to palliative care.
What is National Palliative Care Week?
National Palliative Care Week is an awareness week organised by Palliative Care Australia. It is held in May each year and its aim is to raise awareness and understanding for palliative care in the Australian community. The date for 2017 is 21-28 May.
Palliative Care Australia is the national peak body for palliative care, representing eight different member groups. Its mission is to influence, foster and promote the delivery of quality palliative care for all.
A number of local and national events are held during National Palliative Care Week. As well as forums and educational presentations, people are encouraged to get together informally to discuss both palliative care in general and their own end-of-life care wishes. Australians are also encouraged to lobby their local political representatives to show their support for improved palliative care access.
What's the theme of this years event?
'You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference' is the focus of National Palliative Care Week 2017, and looks at the importance of aged care services providing this type of medical service where appropriate. To promote this a number of events are set to take place in different locations around Australia from the 21-28 May.
How can you get involved?
- Make a one-off tax-deductible donation to Palliative Care Australia.
- Make a regular donation or leaving a bequest to Palliative Care Australia in your will.
- Become a Palliative Care Australia corporate partner and aligning your brand with this very worthy cause.
- Share your personal story about palliative care.
- Raise funds for Palliative Care Australia by organising an event such as a fun run, golf day, charity auction or trivia night.
- Become a Palliative Care Australia volunteer and assisting with admin support, fundraising or marketing.
- Ask for donations to Palliative Care Australia in lieu of gifts for your birthday, wedding or anniversary.
- Spread the message about palliative care on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media platforms.