Death is a part of life. Let's talk about it.


Death and dying are a part of everyone's life. There are many things we can think about, learn about, and talk about. On this page we share some ideas and resources as part of National Palliative Care Week 2020.

Palliative care can help

If you, or someone you know has a life-limiting illness, understanding what palliative care is and how it can help is important. Find out more about palliative care. You can also share information with family and friends by downloading or ordering a free copy of our Palliative Care Booklet for Patients, Carers and Friends. 

Planning for the future matters

We can all think about what we would want at the end of our life. We can also support family or friends, who may want to to talk about what their wishes and preferences are, by being open to a conversation. There are many helpful resources. Advance Care Planning Australia has videos, modules and state specific information. Palliative Care Australia has Dying to Talk Discussion Starters that can help you start talking and planning.

We can all learn more

Attitudes, rituals, and beliefs about death are part of our social fabric and shape our communities, health systems and cultural practices. We can all learn more about death and dying in Australian society. For your chance to join an online course that aims to enable Australians to be more comfortable talking death and dying visit Dying2Learn.