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Many people in the community fear the end stage of life, not because we’re necessarily afraid of dying but because we fear such things as loss of mental faculties, control, and dignity, being a burden on family, and not receiving adequate pain relief. As competent adults, we do have a say in how and where we are to die, and whether to accept or refuse life-prolonging treatment.

Community Connection is a series of informational talks that will assist you in understanding how to take more control over the end of life wishes, through understanding what Palliative Care is, who is involved in care, staying well for as long as possible, supporting others, what is advance care planning and how to have conversations around end of life wishes.

Talks will be suitable for all of those in the community who want to understand more about planning ahead, how to support themselves and/others to get on and live life now.

Community Connection: Understanding Palliative Care and Starting Difficult Conversations

Topics Covered:

Breaking down the myths on palliative care:

1. Person must be imminently dying

2. The process of dying means you will be in pain

3. People assume that family and Drs know what a person will want

4. That care can only be provided by Specialist Palliative Care Services

5. Questions and concerns about the use of opioid medication by families

Starting difficult conversations:

• Communication skills – responding to people in palliative care, including their families


Please find the Zoom Link below that will be used on the day. We do suggest registering to ensure you receive all updates about the event.

Zoom Link

For further information, questions & queries please contact:

Sharon King
(03) 6231 2799
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