News & Media

25 May 2015

National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week runs from Sunday 24th - Saturday 30th May. This year's theme is ‘dying to talk; talking about dying won't kill you.’

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National Palliative Care Week runs from Sunday 24th – Saturday 30th May. This year’s theme is ‘dying to talk; talking about dying won’t kill you.’

“Australians do not like to talk about death and dying, it is one of the last taboos,” said Teena Twaddle, Manager Ambulatory Care at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“But death happens to us all and to have the best death possible, we need to plan and prepare for it.”

To help start the discussion, Latrobe Community Health Service will hold an information day for community members to learn about the palliative care services the organisation provides.

The information day will be held from 10am-2pm on Friday 29 May at Latrobe Community Health Service in Buckley Street, Morwell.

“We encourage the community to come along and ask any questions about our palliative care service. We’ll have staff members and current volunteers around to have a chat.

“There will also be staff from a number of programs related to palliative care, including respite services, counselling services and district nursing.”

Latrobe Community Health Service is also seeking palliative care volunteers throughout Gippsland, mainly to provide companionship to clients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

“Our palliative care volunteers are highly valued members of staff and are passionate about caring for clients. We provide structured training to new volunteers, with ongoing support,” said Ms Twaddle.

The next palliative care volunteer training course will be held at Latrobe Community Health Service in Morwell on June 16th, one day a week for five weeks. There is no cost.

To become a palliative care volunteer, call 1800 232 696 and talk to Michelle Davy or Joanne Ramselaar.