National Palliative Care Week 2023

This May National Palliative Care Week offers a key moment of reflection for all Australians.

National Palliative Care Week is a annual national awareness week that encourages all Australians to reflect on matters of life and death. This year, between the 21st and 27th of May, we will be shining a spotlight on the people at the heart of quality palliative care. Palliative Care Tasmania is proud to be hosting events across the South, North and North-West regions of Tasmania to raise awareness and promote conversations about palliative care.

Mark your calendars for National Palliative Care Week and join us in promoting important conversations about palliative care. Let’s work together to ensure that everyone has access to the highest quality care at the end of life.

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One of the highlights of National Palliative Care Week will be a special event at the Metro Cinema in Burnie. We will be launching a feature-length documentary film titled ‘Live the Life You Please’, which showcases the full scope and impact of palliative care. Palliative Care Australia and Moonshine Agency have been working with award-winning documentary makers for the last two years to create this film, and we are excited to share it with you.

The film will premiere at Parliament House in Canberra on May 22, marking the start of National Palliative Care Week. We hope this event will inspire thousands of conversations about the importance of quality palliative care and end-of-life planning. We encourage everyone to save the date and join us in celebrating the amazing work of our volunteers, carers, and paid workforce.

Watch the Live The Life You Please trailer below.

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To commemorate National Palliative Care Week (NPCW), Palliative Care Tasmania will be illuminating the cities of Launceston and Burnie in blue and orange during NPCW. This visual representation is a powerful tribute and celebration of NPCW, and the vital role palliative care has in our community.

You can view the cities illumination at the following locations:

Launceston: Launceston Town Hall – 18/28 St John St, Launceston TAS 7250

Burnie: Burnie City Council Office – 80 Wilson St, Burnie TAS 7320

Palliative Care Tasmania are excited to be launching National Palliative Care Week at the prestigious Government House Tasmania this year. Home of our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC.

The invitees will include all aspects of palliative care in Tasmania, including volunteers, GPs, specialist services, community nursing, personal care providers, community services representatives, hospital services personnel, individuals with lived experiences, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and many more.

The Honourable Justice Helen Wood will also be officially launching the 2023 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards at the event.

As an organisation committed to enhancing the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illnesses, we are honoured to have the opportunity to bring together such a diverse group of professionals and individuals with a shared passion for palliative care. The event will serve as a platform to raise awareness and continue our advocacy for palliative care as well as to recognise and celebrate the exceptional work being done throughout Tasmania.

NPCW 2023 Events

Live The Life You Please - A Palliative Care Film Screening

Live the life you please is an impact film campaign that will change the way you think about palliative care. Told by medical professionals, patients and their families, it is an intimate portrait of the end-of-life experience and makes profound observations about life, death and what happens in between.

Live the life you please boasts a treasure trove of incredible stories captured around Australia, from cities and regional centres to remote communities. It will make you smile, laugh, laugh harder and occasionally shed a tear as it shares the stories of a diverse range of Australians experiencing their last chapter.

Stories include Australians of all ages, different stages of disease and a variety of geographical locations, cultural, socio-economic and personal circumstances.

It will introduce you to the advocates campaigning tirelessly to make palliative care available to every Australian where and when they need it – be that in aged care, a hospital setting or at home.

At the heart of Live the life you please is a series of unexpected moments of joy caught between caregivers, patients and their families. Their powerful stories will show you that palliative care is more than medicine. It’s about quality of life. It’s about providing physical, social, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones.

After the film screening, you can participate in a panel discussion, ask questions, share your opinions, and ignite meaningful conversations. This is an incredible opportunity to engage with others and delve deeper into the important themes and messages of the film. Connect with like-minded individuals and be part of a thought-provoking discussion.

Panelists will include:

  • Jon Delaine (Nurse Unit Manager - Special Palliative Care Unit North-West).
  • Lois Berry (Manager of Volunteers - Hospice Volunteers Association  North West Tasmania).
  • Julie Woodcock ( Manager Clinical & Coordination Stream - Care Forward).

Proudly sponsored by Care Forward.

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Date and time

Wed 24th May 2023, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm AEST
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Metro Cinema
4-22 Wilmot St, Burnie TAS 7320, Australia

National Palliative Care Week - High Tea South Event

Join us in Clarence for a High Tea to celebrate National Palliative Care Week! Palliative Care Tasmania is excited to be partnering with Clarence City Council and Rokeby Neighborhood House to host a FREE National Palliative Care Week High Tea event that will bring together service providers and community members to connect and discuss the importance of palliative care.

This event is open to the public and is an opportunity for anyone interested in palliative care to come and learn more about the resources available to them. Whether you are a healthcare provider, caregiver, or simply a community member who wants to learn more about end-of-life care, this event is for you.

The session will include presentations from various palliative care service providers in Tasmania. This will be followed by a panel discussion, where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the guest panelists.

Join us for this event to learn more about how we can work together to provide compassionate care to those in need.

Don't miss this chance to connect with other community members and service providers in the palliative care community.

Date and time

Thursday 25th May 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST
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Rokeby Neighbouhood House
85 Tollard Drive, Rokeby TAS 7019, Australia

National Palliative Care Week - Morning Tea North Event

Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT) will be hosting an invitational Morning Tea at Launceston City Council's reception room to celebrate National Palliative Care Week. PCT are excited to partner with Launceston City Council to recognise and celebrate the Launceston community who contribute to the Tasmanian palliative care sector in recognition that people are at the heart of palliative care.

Specialist palliative care services, specialists and GPs, hospital emergency department, ICU staff, community service organisations, residential aged care workers and individuals who are living with a life-limiting illness will receive invitations.

Date and time

Tuesday 23th May 2023, 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm AEST
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City of Launceston Town Hall
18/28 St Johns Street, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia