National Palliative Care Week 2022 (NPCW 2022), held from Sunday, 22 May – Saturday, 28 May, is Australia's largest annual awareness-raising initiative to increase understanding of the many benefits of palliative care. At EMPHN, we are working closely with providers of palliative care services across our catchment, as well as other PHNs in a Community of Practice to share knowledge and initiatives. We’re also promoting education opportunities for GPs about palliative care, and working with Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to understand their needs in relation to palliative care resources and connections with specialist palliative care services.
The theme for NPCW 2022 is: "Palliative Care It's your right". The theme seeks to raise awareness about the rights of all Australians to access high-quality palliative care when and where they need it. One of the great myths about palliative care is that it is only a synonym for end-of-life care. Anyone with a life-limiting illness has the right to access palliative care services that will support them in living as well as possible, for as long as possible. Palliative care helps people (from babies to older adults) live their life as well as possible for as long as possible, when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.
Palliative care activities at Eastern Melbourne PHN
Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMHN) has once again been funded for the Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care Program. This program aims to improve palliative care coordination across Australia, to support most people’s preference to be cared for and to die at home.
Palliative Care Services, Resources and Support