Victorians to have their say on end of life care
Victorians are being urged to have their say about the services they want to support them at the end of their and their loved ones’ lives.
Many people with a life-limiting illness die in hospital, when they would have preferred to die at home. Figures show that up to 70 per cent of Australians would prefer to die at home, but only 14 per cent actually do so.
A new Discussion Paper – Greater Say for Victorians: Improving End of Life Care – has been released, and consultation will be undertaken in coming months with health professionals, carers, families and members of the community to develop a new state-wide end of life care framework.
Prior to the election, Labor committed to introducing statutory recognition of advance care directives to ensure Victorians have greater say over their treatment preferences for future conditions and can decide their end of life care wishes.
The Discussion Paper looks at how to strengthen the framework to:
Enable genuine choice
Support individuals, families and carers
Respond to diversity
Help people to die well
Support the workforce.
Victoria’s end of life care system comprises hospital wards and hospices, community palliative care services, consultancy services and respite day hospices.
A hard copy of the Discussion Paper is available by calling 03 9096 1337.
28 October 2015.