Come and join us for National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week (#NPCW), held from 22 – 28 May 2022, is Australia’s largest annual awareness-raising initiative held to increase understanding of the many benefits of palliative care. This year we explore what your right to palliative care looks like in Tasmania.

The theme, It’s Your Right, seeks to raise awareness about the rights of all Australians to access high-quality palliative care when and where they need it. One of the great myths about palliative care is that it is only a synonym for end-of-life care. It is so much more than that. Anyone with a life-limiting illness has the right to live as well as possible, for as long as possible.

Palliative Care Tasmania will be hosting 3 community events throughout the week which will be held in the North, Northwest, and South of Tasmania.

The FREE two-hour community information sessions bring together specialist services who will talk to you about a range of end-of-life considerations and be on hand to answer all your questions. Speakers vary at each event but may include:

  • Council of the Ageing (Aged Care navigation and elder issues)
  • Services Australia (Centrelink issues and finances)
  • TPT Wealth (Estate planning)
  • Li-Ve Tasmania (Healthy Dying)
  • CANTEEN ( Support for young people )
  • Legal Aid ( Legal end of life issues )
  • Carers Gateway
  • & Palliative Care.

Along with these, many other events will be held to support local community groups to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and dedication of all those working and volunteering in the palliative care sector across Tasmania.

Please REGISTER for catering purposes. If you can’t register online, please call our office and we will register you.

Call PCT on 03 6231 2799 You can find more information on our website HERE.

Illuminate Tasmania

During National Palliative Care Week the City of Hobart and the City of Launceston will be illuminating key landmarks in blue and orange to shine a light on the amazing palliative care workforce and sector. Various locations around both cities will be colour coordinated to raise public awareness for National Palliative Care Week.

You can do your bit to spread awareness by taking a photo and posting it on social media with the hashtag #NPCW22.

20th of May (Friday) until the 26th of May (Thursday).
Locations: Rose Garden Bridge, Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, Cardinal Lights, Franklin Square Fountain, Elizabeth Mall.

23rd of May (Monday) until the 28th of May (Saturday).
Locations: St John Street façade of the Town Hall.

22nd May – 28th of May
Location: Burnie City Council offices at 80 Wilson Street in Burnie
You can do your bit to spread awareness by taking a photo and posting it on social media with the
hashtag #NPCW22.

Resource release

Palliative Care Tasmania will be releasing new resources that outline the 10 biggest myths about palliative care and the 10 steps you need to prepare when faced with a serious illness.

You will be able to download the resources from and 

Webinar release

A free webinar about the 10 steps you need to prepare when faced with a serious illness will be available to watch or download on Thursday 26th of May on for Members of the PalliHub.  If you are not a member, you can join at any time. Membership to PalliHub is free.

Release of major Tasmanian palliative care study

During National Palliative Care Week, Palliative Care Tasmania will be releasing the long-awaited Tasmanian 'Strengthening Communities of Care' research conducted by the University of Tasmania during National Palliative Care Week.

The delivery of palliative care relies on both informal and social care networks as well as formal service providers. Therefore, the development of robust systems that support high-quality, accessible, and responsive palliative care is essential for the well-being of people living with a life-limiting illness and their family/carer(s).
'Developing and growing communities of care in Tasmania' research was funded by Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT), on behalf of the Department of Health, and conducted by the University of Tasmania aimed to identify strategies to grow and support sustainable communities of care across the state.

The research was conducted with palliative care providers, volunteers, and family caregivers/friends of people living with a limiting condition.

The survey, workshops and interviews sought to understand knowledge, attitudes and perceptions about palliative care broadly and the establishment of communities of care.

The report will be available to PalliHub members on on Monday 23rd of May.

If you are not a member of PalliHub, you can join for FREE to access libraries, discussions and content.