MEDIA RELEASE – May 15
During National Palliative Care week, Shannon’s Bridge will be encouraging all people to talk about how they want to be cared for at the end of their life. Most Australians think it is important to talk to family about their wishes for their care at the end of their life, but few families have had this conversation.
Palliative Care Victoria has developed the Dying to Talk discussion starter to help people have this important conversation. The discussion starter is available online. We encourage everyone to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones and health care team using the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter. Knowing what is important to you will reduce their burden at a difficult time and ensure you get the care you desire.
Shannon’s Bridge will be holding several public information sessions during the week. Come along to “Tea and Biscuits” on Friday 26th May for a chance to talk to the Shannon’s Bridge team and ask questions about end of life care. These informal events are an ideal place to begin your conversations, or to ask questions you may have from using the Dying to Talk discussion starter.
The events will be held at the Creswick Community Health Centre, Lindsay St Creswick at 10am on Friday 26th May, and also in Maryborough at 1.30pm on the same day at the Maryborough Wellness Centre.
For more information visit the Shannon’s Bridge information stalls at Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham aged care facilities during palliative care week, visit shannonsbridge.com or phone Jeremy on 0448 827 956.
The theme for this year’s Palliative Care Week is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’. For more information on National Palliative Care Week visit http://palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week/ . Download the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter at www.dyingtotalk.org.au
You can register for Tea and Biscuits at [email protected], or just turn up on the day.
Shannon’s Bridge is a not for profit charity which aims to improve death literacy, assist patients and families with end of life care at home and train volunteers to provide practical help. If you would like to donate or are interested in finding out more about volunteering, please contact Shannon’s Bridge.