National Palliative Care Week: Matters of Life and Death Take Centre Stage

National Palliative Care Week (NPCW), held from Sunday, May 21 to Saturday, May 27, is Australia’s largest annual campaign to raise awareness about the significant impact palliative care can have on individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

This year’s theme, Matters of Life and Death, not only highlights the vital role of palliative care in enhancing a person’s quality of life but also encourages open discussions around death and dying.

NPCW aims to broaden the community’s perceptions and understanding of palliative care, emphasizing its importance in addressing the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural needs of patients, families, and care teams.

During NPCW, the Far West Local Health District Palliative Care Services will host three Advance Care Planning Forums, offering community members the opportunity to learn about advance care planning and initiating conversations about healthcare preferences with family members.

The three forums will be held in the Twilight Room at the Broken Hill Musicians Club on Wednesday, May 24, with tea and coffee provided. Sessions run from 10am to 11:30am, 12:30pm to 2pm, or 5pm to 6:30pm.

For more information on the sessions, contact 08 8080 1452, or visit for details about National Palliative Care Week.

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