Four (4) out of five (5) deaths in Australia are caused by chronic illness, but there is a misconception that only cancer patients can access palliative care.
During 2016 National Palliative Care Week (22-28 May), Palliative Care Australia (PCA) will highlight how palliative care can help people with chronic illnesses to live well.
People with chronic illnesses often have more than one chronic illness which affects their health in different ways. The theme "Living well with chronic illness" addresses the need for all people with advanced chronic illness to access palliative care, in order to help them have a better quality of life.
PCA encourages all Australians to use National Palliative Care Week as a conversation starter – get together with those closest to you and celebrate life (have a meal or a coffee) and talk about death.
For ideas and advice on how to start discussions with loved ones and events happening in your area, visit the campaign website.
HCNSW runs a Palliative Care Network. Contact us if you would like to get involved.