National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week 2021, held from Sunday, 23 May  Saturday, 29 May, is our chance to amplify our voices and raise awareness about the many benefits of quality palliative care.

The theme for NPCW 2021 is: “Palliative Care, It’s more than you think.”

The theme highlights that palliative care is more than only end-of-life care and physical symptom management.  It is so much more than that. Palliative care is care that helps people (from babies to older adults) live their life as well as possible for as long as possible, when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness .It is person and family-centred care that considers the individual’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, as well as the needs of their loved ones and carers.

Palliative Care Tasmania is excited to present a wide range of activities and events across the week, both online and in person.

If any PCT Members would like any physical resources please contact Veney Hiller






Palliative care on the TV & in the papers

Palliative care will be featuring in the media in the lead up to #NPCW21

21 May: Look our for the Palliative Care print feature in the Advocate and The Examiner. PCT has partnered with Primary Health Tasmania, The District Nurses, The ANMF Tasmanian Branch and Li-Ve Tasmania.

23 May: Keep your TV’s on to see the launch of the TVC campaign – 
‘It’s more than you think.’  The TVC campaign will run for  6 weeks on Southern Cross TAS, Nine Tasmania, SBS Tasmania, SBS Food, 7TWO TAS, GEM TAS.

It's more than you think TVC

Light up Launceston


25 May:  We are excited to be “Light Up Launceston” in orange and blue for the  #NPCW21. For our Launceston members and friends, we would love to see pictures. If you get a chance to take a photo please post on social media using the hashtags #NPCW21 #LightUp4PallCare or you can send your image to us at 

Free ONLINE community events

Free IN PERSON community events

This National Palliative Care Week  join PCT  for fun and informative community sessions with talks and interactive learning, lead by our talented group of educators who will demonstrate that Palliative Care, really is more than you think.The afternoon will run from 12.30pm – 3.30pm and will include afternoon tea.

  • Launceston May 25th -Launceston Conference Centre
  • Hobart May 28th- Mathers House

These are  a FREE events, but please RSVP to secure your place as COVID restrictions still apply to some venues.

What you will be doing:

  • Palliative Care 101 & “breaking down myths” with Colleen Johnstone, CEO of PCT
  • Planning ahead – opening up end of life conversations with Sharon King, Community Engagement Manager
  • What Matters Most? Workshop with Barbara Donaldson, PCT
  • Q & A on Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning
  • What education & resources can help you
  • Refreshments included.
We are very excited to be back in the community meeting and talking to people face to face!


Palliative Care Australia presents…

Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care – Live Webcast on Wednesday 26 May – 12pm midday AEDT 

ABC Australia presenter Di Darmody will host a National Palliative Care Week discussion exploring  the key findings from the latest survey examining Australians’ attitudes and awareness of palliative care, and reveal PCA’s  innovative national education campaign – Palliative Care It’s more than you think. which has been created to challenge perceptions and engage the community in a conversation about the benefits of palliative care.

Palliative Care Tasmania presents…

Sharon King presents an important discussion about palliative care in Aged care and the interconnection of palliative and aged care following royal commission into aged care.
  • Overview of current aged care quality standards and Royal commission recommendations on palliative care.
  • What does good palliative care look like
  • Who provides care- your role
  • Communities of care- recognising that all staff who step foot on RACF are part of that community
  • Where to go from here
  • Upskilling staff – education and training for all
  • Equitable access to palliative care (lobbying government)
  • All staff understanding role in communities of care and palliative care
The Webinar will be accessible from Monday 24th May at 6am (AEST) by clicking here


Release of  resources – dementia

PCT is releasing the first in a series of Fact Sheets. During NPCW#21
‘Palliative Care for people living with Dementia’ will be made available.


Palliative Care Units – thank you morning tea

Palliative Care Tasmania will be visiting and hosting morning and afternoon teas throughout National Palliative Care Week at the  palliative care units across the state. This will be a special opportunity to thank staff working on the units and in community units for their ongoing professionalism, care and hard work. We all know how hard  these incredible nurses, doctors and support staff work and this is just one opportunity to thank them in person.