Tasmanians encouraged to have an ‘Awkward Conversation’.

Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT), with the support of the Tasmanian Government, has launched an innovative statewide media campaign encouraging Tasmanians to engage in conversations about Advance Care Planning (ACP) and to consider completing and lodging an Advance Care Directive (ACD).

Venéy Hiller CEO of Palliative Care Tasmania says:
“If you found yourself suddenly too ill to make treatment decisions, who would make those decisions on your behalf? If you are no longer able to communicate, how would your family, friends or healthcare workers know what you wanted? Starting that healthcare conversation right now may seem awkward but it is incredibly important.

“While the prospect of discussing health care and end -of- life wishes may be uncomfortable at first, the benefits of having these conversations far outweigh any initial discomfort. In Tasmania, an ACD is a powerful tool that legally ensures your values, beliefs, and treatment preferences are respected and followed when you are unable to communicate them yourself.

“This campaign marks a significant step in raising awareness about important end-of-life care decisions that many in our community have not yet considered.” Ms Hiller said.

The campaign will reach Tasmanians through television, radio, print, and social media platforms and has a dedicated campaign website offering resources translated into eight different languages commonly spoken in Tasmania, ensuring more Tasmanians have access to this important information. Additionally, Palliative Care Tasmania is providing a Helpline and a range of free community information sessions both in person and online.
(03) 6231 2799 | admin@pct.org.au | pallcaretas.org.au

Hannah Butler who completed an Advance Care Directive with her mother Libbie who has emphysema, shares her perspective on the importance of these conversations.

“Completing an Advance Care Directive with Mum has been an incredible experience. We had the conversation over a cup of coffee, and it’s brought us a sense of clarity and peace. I now feel confident I know what care to choose for Mum. Equally important, my Mum feels secure and empowered knowing her wishes will be met. It is a gift we’ve given each other” Hannah said.

By initiating a conversation with loved ones or healthcare professionals Tasmanians can actively shape their health care journey. It is a thoughtful act that reduces the potential for confusion or conflict among family members and healthcare workers.

Palliative Care Tasmania encourages the community to start these important conversations and to consider completing and lodging an Advance Care Directive. An ACD is free to complete, and information and support can be provided by Palliative Care Tasmania.

There is a lot more to know about Advanced Care Directives, so please visit the website www.advancecaredirectivetas.org.au for more information, speak to your GP or health care worker or call the Helpline on 03 6231 2799.

Media Contact:
Venéy Hiller, CEO, Palliative Care Tasmania
PH 0415 236 934 | veney.hiller@pct.org.au | www.pallcaretas.org.au
Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT) is the State’s peak body for palliative and end of life care – supporting all Tasmanians with a life-limiting illness, together with those they value, to live, die and grieve well.