This year's National Palliative Care Week theme was Living Well with Chronic Illness and addressed the need for people with advanced chronic Illness to be able to access palliative care.
Four out of five deaths in Australia are caused by chronic illness, but there is a misconception that only cancer patients can access palliative care. Early access to palliative care can help them have a better quality of life.
As part of Palliative Care Week, the Dungog Carers Palliative organisation hosted a morning tea for clients, carers and volunteers on Thursday.
Guest speaker was Margaret Jones who spoke about advance care plans.
Advance care planning involves making a plan for future health and personal care should a person lose their decision-making capacity.
Advance care plans reflect the individual's values and wishes. It enables them to continue to influence treatment decisions even when they can no longer actively participate. For more information phone 49921644 or email email@example.com