Palliative Care WA is helping regional Western Australians to plan for the end and discuss their care wishes with their families
Despite the consensus amongst Australians being that talking about their end-of-life care is important, most haven’t actually had the conversation with their loved ones.
According to a Palliative Care Australia survey commissioned for National Palliative Care Week 21-28 May, 85 per cent of Australians believe that it is important to have a conversation with family about the care one would like to receive at end-of-life, but only a third of those surveyed have actually had the discussion.
PCAWA Executive Officer Lana Glogowski said while Australians clearly agree on the importance of planning for the end of life they need to take steps to inform their loved ones about what is important to them.
“The survey found that over a third of people who hadn’t talked to their family found the subject uncomfortable and a further 27 per cent were avoiding the discussion because they didn’t want to upset their loved ones,” she said.
“Dying is a normal part of life and everyone deserves a positive end-of-life experience. It’s important we normalise conversations around death so that people can plan ahead and their families know what they would want if they could no longer talk for themselves.
“We know from the Advance Care Planning workshops we have been conducting around WA in recent years that people are unaware of the choices that they can make at end of life” Ms Glogowski said.
Even when it comes to indirect communication, Australians are failing to take action, with 83 per cent of Australians believing that it’s important to put their end-of-life wishes in writing, and only 21 per cent doing so.
Palliative Care WA is running free Advance Care Planning Workshops in Busselton and Geraldton in June. These workshops are supported the WA Department of Health.
Busselton: Wed 14 June 1pm – 4pm & Thurs 15 June 9am – 12pm
Busselton Community Resource Centre RSVP call 08 9751 1642
Geraldton: Wed 21 June 1pm – 4pm & Thurs 22 June 9am -12pm
QEII Seniors & Community Centre RSVP call 08 9956 6636
You should attend both workshops in each location .