Regional workshops to address palliative care

June 1st, 2017 by: admin
  • Geraldton and Busselton to benefit from palliative care awareness campaign
  • Focus on patient’s wishes for their future treatment close to end-of-life

Geraldton and Busselton will be the beneficiaries of a Western Australian health-funded initiative to increase the awareness of palliative care and other end-of-life issues.

Funding of $96,514 has been provided to Palliative Care WA to deliver Advance Care workshops in metropolitan and regional areas.

The regional workshops announced today – during National Palliative Care Week – will be delivered in Busselton on Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15 and in Geraldton on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.

People wanting to attend the Busselton workshop should contact 9751 1642 and those seeking to attend the Geraldton workshop should contact 9956 6636.

Workshops in Melville, Cockburn and Mandurah have already been delivered as part of the four metropolitan workshops, and another is being planned for Joondalup.

A cross-sector group has been established to develop a public awareness campaign to increase understanding of the limits of medical interventions, benefits of palliative care and importance of advance care planning.

The group will look at ways to engage and inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and those in remote and rural locations on advance care planning.

Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

“Advance care planning initiates the discussion between a patient facing end-of-life and their carers, family and health professionals about the patient’s values, beliefs, and treatment and care options.

“It focuses in particular on the patient’s wishes for their future treatment and care should they no longer be able to make or communicate their decisions at the time they are needed.

“These are the first forums of their type to be held in regional WA and are designed to encourage people to think about their end-of-life care matters.”

Minister’s office – 6552 6500

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