If you were unable to speak for yourself, who would speak for you? And what health care decisions would you want them to make?
Between 16 and 22 April 2018, community members are encouraged to consider these questions and discuss their end-of-life health care preferences with their loved ones.
Around half of Australians will not be able to make their own end-of-life medical decisions, yet few people take the steps required to control their future health care.
So Advance Care Planning Week urges everyone to start conversations with family and loved ones about what quality of life looks like to them and what they value most.
Currently on the North Coast only 15 per cent of people have made an Advance Care Directive. Northern New South Wales Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in partnership with North Coast Primary Health Network has been working towards improving the care provided to people at the end of their lives.
Anna Law, End of Life Care Project Officer with NNSWLHD, explains that end of life care means urgent care and Advance Care Directives ensured the best care is given to individuals.
“This involves people knowing what they want at the end of their lives, and having these conversations with your loved ones brings the knowledge and confidence to shape the care provided to meet the person’s wishes.
“For all of us the ultimate aim is to receive the right care at the right time. I would urge all our community to start talking about their wishes for when they are dying – especially during National Advance Care Planning Week,” she said.
Around half of Australians will not be able to make their own end-of-life medical decisions, yet few people take the active steps required to enable control of their future health care.
Mid North Coast Local Health District will be holding an Advance Care Planning morning tea at the Cancer Resource and Palliative Care Centre at Macksville District Hospital from 10 am until 12 pm on 17 April 2018.
Staff will provide information about Advance Care Planning, Advance Care Directives and Enduring Guardianship.
To register to attend the morning tea, please contact Melissa Hilson or Di Green on 6568 0676.
You can find the NSW Health Making an Advance Care Directive template to guide you to creating an Advance Care Directive at:
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