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.

 

Submissions can be received until Friday 18 December 2015 via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mailing Continuing Care – Health Service Programs, GPO BOX 4057, Melbourne VIC 3001.

 

28 October 2015.