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;

“I would like to thank all of the local palliative workers who provide services to the terminally ill and encourage families facing terminal illness to contact Palliative Care Australia for information and assistance.”

Mr George said contact details for Palliative Care Australia were available from his office or on the Internet at www.pallcare.org.au

Media contact Thomas George 6621 3624 or 0427 360 781

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577