Talking about dying and death is not something that comes naturally to Australians. Yet each year, half a million Australians experience the impact of terminal illness.
Chances are, at some stage you will know someone who is dying or have a friend in that situation. Chances are, you won’t know what to say or do to help them.
Unfortunately, not knowing all too often results in poor access to available services and poorer outcomes for the patient, their families and carers.
The National Community Education Initiative provides resources for everyone in our community to learn about important issues – issues like what is palliative care, where can I go for help, what can I say and do when someone I know is dying, or, what does normal grief look like.
Palliative Care Australia has produced a range of information resources for patients, families, carers, clinicians and anyone with an interest in learning more.