National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia. 

The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’.

National Palliative Care Week is a national week supported by the Department of Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.

The theme addresses the need for aged care services to provide palliative care where appropriate.

PCA will highlight how palliative care can help people accessing aged care services to have a high quality of life, right to the end of life.

People in aged care often have more than one chronic illness which affects their health in different ways. Palliative care can help manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.


A number of events are planned for National Palliative Care Week 2017 please see our events page for national and local events.

You can also send letters to your elected representatives to advocate for awareness about palliative care.

Discussion Starter

PCA encourages all Australians to use National Palliative Care Week as a discussion starter – get together with those closest to you and celebrate life and talk about your end-of-life care wishes.

We have created the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter to help with these conversations. We’re asking people to work through our Dying to Talk Discussion Starter to begin to think, talk and document what is important to them, including the care they want at the end of their lives.

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