National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia (PCA). Supported by the Department of Health, the week aims to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.
This year, the theme ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’.The theme addresses the need for aged care services to provide palliative care where appropriate.
PCA will highlight how palliative care can help people accessing aged care services to have a high quality of life, right to the end of life. People in aged care often have more than one chronic illness which affects their health in different ways. Palliative care can help manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
All Australians are encouraged to use National Palliative Care Week as a discussion starter – to assist with this PCA have created the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.
Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) and Program of Experience in a Palliative Approach (PEPA)
As part of the Cancer Information and Support Services division at Cancer Council WA, our Palliative and Supportive Care Education team (PaSCE) provides innovative and evidence based palliative care education.
PaSCE offer a variety of programs which are aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of palliative care in all settings.
Our education programs can be tailored and are facilitated by Project Officers in collaboration with expert palliative care clinical providers and health professionals.
Our PEPA program offers palliative care education to primary health providers and provides the unique opportunity for health care professionals to undertake observational placements within specialist palliative care settings.
The need for palliative care education in WA continues to grow and PaSCE and PEPA strive to provide education for health professionals to better care for all people with life limiting illnesses.
Cancer Update Lecture
As part of our National Palliative Care week activities we held a FREE cancer update lecture on Tuesday. The lecture was run by Dr Peter Allcroft and focused on the importance of talking about dying.