PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK A TIME TO UNDERSTAND TERMINAL ILLNESS
Palliative Care Week A Time to Understand Terminal Illness
24 May 2007
Member for Lismore, Thomas George says Palliative Care week which has been held all of this week, is a time for the community to understand more about terminal illness.
“While terminal illness and death are part of life and will touch us all, it is a subject we as a community don’t often talk about, Mr George said.
“It has been shown that families affected by terminal illness cope better if they have an awareness of the available services and support and access them as needed.”
Mr George said research showed that most Australians have only a poor understanding about palliative care and its benefits for the patients, families, friends and community;
- 25 per cent of Australians have an understanding of palliative care
- 20 per cent Australians have never heard of palliative care
- Less than 20 per cent of Australians understand that palliative care involves support for the families and carers as well as the patient.