Palliative Care and VAD Coexisting in WA Forum

The approaching introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying will change the end-of-life landscape in Western Australia. Palliative care and VAD will need to coexist in order to meet the needs of Western Australians and support them at end-of life.

In the results of our recent sector survey, almost all respondents expressed a level of concern about having their information, professional development and pastoral care needs met in time for the introduction of VAD. In response, sector forum aims to provide a detailed update on the implementation of VAD and the healthcare responsibilities for its delivery in WA, as well the opportunity to hear about, and learn from, some experiences of the delivery of both palliative care and VAD in Victoria and Canada.

Importantly we will also provide the voice of lived experience as we hear from a family member of someone who chose to access VAD in Victoria.

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National Palliative Care Week 2021

National Palliative Care Week on 23-29 May is fast approaching. This important week provides a wonderful opportunity for all of us who work in and around the sector, to raise awareness of the many benefits of palliative care, bust a few myths that insist on hanging around, and generally start some conversations.


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Call 1800 573 299 for Information and Support

Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.         

Our FREE phone line provides the WA community with information and support on end of life planning, palliative care, and grief and loss.

This service is open to any member of the WA community dealing with palliative care or end of life issues.

That means you could be someone newly diagnosed with a chronic disease or terminal condition or who has lived for some time that condition, the carer, family member or friend of someone who has been recommended for palliative care or who is already receiving palliative care, or anyone dealing with grief and loss.

Our knowledgeable staff will listen to your situation and concerns, answer your questions, and provide you with the information and resources you need.

All calls are fully confidential.

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Election ask

Palliative Care WA has presented an election ask to the WA Labor and Liberal parties, detailing a project that has the potential to be a game changer for the people of Western Australia.

The project involves developing a consumer awareness campaign, a follow-up to the hugely successful 2019 You only die once campaign, and then delivering ‘train-the-trainer’ style ACP workshops across WA aiming to facilitate education within several WA communities.

For a modest investment the WA Government has the opportunity to enable WA to once again lead the way in increasing both community awareness of, and engagement in Advance Care Planning.



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