Increasingly the promotion of voluntary assisted dying is falsely being pushed as the best response to terminal illness.
The counter view is that high quality and easily accessible palliative care enables the person to be an active participant in experiencing a good death.
Palliative care also ensures the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person that are fundamental principles of Catholic ethics.
The theme for National Palliative Care Week 2019, to be marked from May 19 to 25, is ‘What matters most?’
The theme addresses the need for Australians to plan ahead for their end-of-life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals.
Palliative Care Australia will highlight how palliative care can help people with a life-limiting illness to have a high quality of life, right to the end of life.
Supported by the Department of Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community, the week’s theme addresses the need for Australians to plan ahead for their end-of-life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals.
Visit the Palliative Care Australia website for resources and for more information about events around the country.