Discuss end-of-life wishes
THE theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week from May 20 to 26 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.
By having the conversation with their loved ones and health professionals, people can ensure their treatment and care best aligns with their values and preferences regarding both the type and place of care, and place of death.
Northeast Health Wangaratta Palliative Care encourages everyone to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones and health care team using the ‘Dying to Talk’ Resources.
Knowing what is important to you will reduce their burden at a difficult time and ensure you get the care you desire.
Northeast Health Wangaratta Palliative Care will have a display in the foyer of the Community Care Centre on Clark Street with some information and resources available for anyone interested in planning ahead.
Below are some links for further information and to download the forms for:
Enduring Power of Attorney, Medical Treatment Decision Maker and Advance Care Directive - http://www. publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/our-services/ publications-forms/take-controlmarch-2018.
Discussion starter for Working Out What’s Right For You -
This online version of the Dying To Talk cards can be used to help you talk about your wishes and preferences for your care at the end of life:
Dying is a normal part of life so it is important for all Australians to have discussions about death and dying and the type of care they would want to receive if they could no longer speak for themselves.
For more information visit http:// palliativecare.org.au/national-palliativecare-week/ or contact the Northeast Health Wangaratta Palliative Care team on 5722 5047.
TIME TO TALK: Brooke Eberbach (acting deputy director community nursing), Denise Ritchens (family care coordinator palliative care) and Jackie Creek (clinical nurse specialist palliative care) encourage locals to drop into the Community Care Centre on Clark Street next week to discuss end-of-life care.
PHOTO: Mel Guy