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Palliative Care Week

NHW Palliative Care NursesPalliative Care Week (19 – 25 MAY 2019) #NPCW19 #dyingtotalk

The theme for National Palliative Care Week 2019 is ‘What matters most?’ The theme addresses the need for Australians to plan ahead for their end-of-life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals.

Talking about dying is hard. And it is sad. However, death is inevitable and the better prepared we are for our death, the easier it will be on the ones we leave behind.

It is also important to talk about death so you can prepare well. When we prepare in advance for our death we are able to relieve the decision making burden on those closest to us.

You might want to consider: where you would like to die (home, hospice, hospital?); what your ‘goals of care are’ – developed with your treating doctor or general practitioner; who you want with you when you die and what your advance care plan or directive may contain, for example, instructions about artificial nutrition, artificial respiration, who your substitute decision maker is if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Having a conversation with your loved ones about your end-of-life wishes will help them to make decisions on your behalf should you be unable to communicate your wishes.

As a promotion for PalliativeCare Week, a play will be presented by the Wangaratta Players, written by US playwright Paullette McDougal The Last Waltz will open Wed 22nd May at 7.30pm with a further 3 shows running.  Tickets are $30 with proceeds being donated to Northeast Health Wangaratta Palliative Care.  Tickets available at: or call Cheryl on 0402 031 265.

This play explores issues around Advance Care Planning, death and dying, and family dynamics. Rose Sexton stars in this one-woman play about life and death and family healing.

Northeast Health Wangaratta Palliative Care would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of End Stage Productions, Rose Sexton & Nicole Stephens in conjunction with Wangaratta Players Incorporated for staging this production promoting Palliative Care Week theme.