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Dying to Know

Monday 20 July 2020

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Dying to Know Day on 8 August will be marked with a series of information sessions across the Central West about palliative care and end of life planning.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Palliative Care Coordinator Irene Scott said many people often felt ill-equipped to support loved ones who were dying, grieving or caring.

“Dying to Know Day is an annual day designed to promote conversations and community action around death, dying and bereavement,’’ she said.

“We want to build people’s knowledge about death and promote communities that respond compassionately around end of life.

“We want to get to the stage where people can talk about death without raising an eyebrow.

“That’s why we are holding a series of information sessions across the region to help build this knowledge and comfort levels.’’

Ms Scott said four information sessions would be held across the region at:

  • Blackall Cultural Centre: Monday, 3 August, from 5 pm.
  • Barcaldine Shire Hall: Tuesday, 4 August, from 5 pm.
  • Winton Neighbourhood Centre: Wednesday, 5 August, from 5 pm.
  • Longreach Civic and Cultural Centre: Thursday, 6 August, from 5 pm.

RSVP for all four information sessions is by 31 July, by phoning 4652 5500.

A free barbecue is included at all four sessions from 5 pm to 5.30 pm.

Ms Scott said the sessions would offer questions and answers, palliative care information and information about advance care planning.

“For instance, advance care planning is an important opportunity for a person to list their healthcare choices in advance so that if/when the person is too unwell to express their wishes, family, carers and health care providers are able to respect and follow their decisions,” she said.

“Many people misinterpret having a current will in place as having their advance care plan taken care of.

“This is not the case. Advance care planning also takes into consideration advance health directives, enduring power of attorney and statement of choices.

“I encourage Central West residents to come to one of our information sessions to find out more.’’

Ms Scott said Central West Health was committed to ensuring people at the end stages of life, for whatever reason, received the compassionate care they needed and to delivering that care in the most appropriate setting as close to home as possible.

“Our Palliative Care Team provides services to patients who wish to receive palliative care at their local hospital and/or in their local community ­– which may be an aged care or flexible care facility, or in their own home,’’ she said.

“Palliative care services are provided to improve the quality of life of people with an active, progressive disease for which there is little or no prospect of a cure.

“They are an essential component of the health services we deliver across our region.’’

  • If you are interested in learning more about the Central West Health Palliative Care Service, speak to your doctor or phone Community Health on 4652 5500.

PHOTO CAPTIONS

Photo 1 (holding poster): Central West Health Palliative Care Coordinator Irene Scott hopes to promote broader conversations around death, dying and bereavement.

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 30 July 2020