Palliative Care - Talking about dying won’t kill you

People nearing the end of their lives and their families, carers and nursing staff will benefit from $52 million in Federal Government funding for palliative care projects.

 

Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash has announced the distribution of the funds for national palliative care projects.

 

Ms Nash made the announcement at the launch of the 2015 National Palliative Care Week campaign, with the theme “Dying to talk: talking about dying won’t kill you”.

 

“No one can escape dying, but Australians are very reluctant to talk to their loved ones about how they would like to be treated when their time approaches,” Ms Nash said.

 

“This campaign will help to get that difficult but necessary conversation started to ensure more Australians die with dignity in the place and manner that they desire.”

 

Ms Nash also launched a Social Media Guide for palliative care.

 

“This practical information guide explains how to manage social media accounts in the event of a family member’s death. It highlights options such as memorialising a Facebook page, which means friends can continue to post on the page but no-one can access the account to make changes.

 

“The Guide also encourages people to consider how you wish your social media accounts to be managed after death and whom you would like entrusted with instructions to do this.”

 

National Palliative Care projects funded are:

  • Queensland University of Technology to continue educating and training the health workforce to provide quality palliative care

  • the University of Wollongong to continue the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration, identifying and measuring the impact of palliative care on people with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers

  • Palliative Care Australia to continue as the peak body for palliative care in Australia, promoting quality end of life care for all

  • Austin Health to continue Respecting Patient Choices, a national program to assist individuals to choose their end of life care and to inform their families, carers and health professionals

  • Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service for a national project to improve paediatric palliative care

  • Integrated living Australia and Charles Sturt University to deliver projects focussed on person-centred palliative care, and bench-marking of skills

  • Carers Australia Incorporated to deliver training to support carers of palliative care patients

  • Cabrini Health Limited to develop an Advance Care Planning online resource, taking account of various religious and cultural considerations

  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to continue palliative care data analysis and reporting

  • Flinders University of South Australia for CareSearch, an online palliative care resource; the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative; and development of education modules on end of life care in acute hospital settings.

“Collectively these projects will improve palliative care education and training for the health and aged care workers, and raise awareness of end of life choices,” Ms Nash said.

 

26 May 2015.