In Canberra this week, representatives of the National Rural Health Alliance and Palliative Care Australia, joined special guests at Parliament House to highlight issues surrounding palliative care in rural and remote Australia.
The luncheon, held on 17 October 2017, was hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of End of Life, and the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health.
Palliative Care Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance have a shared commitment to supporting the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia, many of whom are not well served by support services and networks in palliative care.
Ensuring quality of life for people near the end of their life is an important part of health service provision in rural and remote communities, as it is elsewhere in this country.
Keynote speakers from Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Country Women’s Association of Australia – both Member Bodies of the Alliance – highlighted the importance of supporting people who live in rural and remote Australia to discuss their end-of-life care wishes with their health care team.
Also discussed was the need for culturally safe and structured palliative care programs to be located in rural and remote areas to reduce the hardship suffered when people are forced to leave their home and communities in order to seek specialised care.
For more information, read our Fact Sheet on Palliative Care in Rural and Remote Areas and visit Palliative Care Australia's #dyingtotalk campaign website.