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The views and opinions expressed in our blog series are those of the authors and are not necessarily supported by CareSearch, Flinders University and/or the Australian Government Department of Health.
CareSearch’s Part of Life Campaign aims to increase community awareness of palliative care and encourage all Australians to learn, care, and plan for death and dying. We are publishing a blog series to highlight how we can all work towards providing quality palliative care to everyone in our community.
In this blog, Adjunct Associate Professor at Eastern Health and President of Australian & New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM), Leeroy William explains the benefits of early palliative care and highlights why planning for the end of life is important.
People with intellectual disability, just like everyone else, have a right to understand dying and death. In this second blog for our Part of Life series, Dr Michele Wiese, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Western Sydney University discusses how the ‘Talking end of life…with people with intellectual disability’ (TEL) can help them understand end of life, and make plans for it if they choose.
An inevitable part of life is that we will all die one day. Our Director Professor Jennifer Tieman discusses the importance of being able to learn, care and plan for death, dying and palliative care and how the Part of Life campaign aims to support us.
Death is something we all have to cope with, however, we seem reluctant to think about, talk about, and plan for it. Professor Jennifer Tieman, Director of CareSearch and the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying at Flinders University, discusses the aims of Dying2Learn and how the online course offers the Australian general community the chance to learn and talk about death and dying.
Dying to Know Day (August 8th) is an annual campaign that encourages community members and organisations to host events that encourage critical discussion and planning around death, dying, and grief. Holly Rankin-Smith, Communication Director at The Groundswell Project, discusses their campaign and the importance of having these critical conversations particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic.