Start the palliative care conversation

The image is a promotional graphic for National Palliative Care Week, which runs from May 19 to May 25. The theme is "Matters of Life and Death." The graphic features six people, each in their own colorful, oval-shaped frame. The text "National Palliative Care Week" is written in white, with the dates highlighted in yellow.

It’s National Palliative Care Week from 19-25 May, a timely reminder that it’s never too soon to start the conversation about matters of life and death.

Palliative care helps people with a life-limiting illness to live as comfortably as possible, for as long as possible.

Palliative care focuses on physical, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of care.

Palliative care is family-centred. Family, loved ones and carers can also receive practical and emotional support.

Early access to palliative care helps people to maintain quality of life by managing pain and symptoms.

For advice, tools and support visit the Palliative Care Australia website.

Let's change aged care, together

Every Australian should feel confident about accessing high quality and safe aged care, when and where they need it.

The changes mean Older people will have greater choice and control, services that respect and meet their needs, and support to stay independent as they age.

To find out more and help design the changes, visit the Get Involved page or call 1800 318 209.

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