75% of Aussies haven't had end of life chat with families

THE WIDE Bay Hospital and Health Service will host a local Dying to Know Day in an effort to raise community awareness about preparations for end of life care.

The Groundswell project recently revealed 75% of Australians have not had end of life discussions with their families, including whether they would prefer to die at home or in hospital. 

Most people want to die at home, but only about 20% get to do so.

A range of guest speakers, community agencies and support services will be on hand at Dying to Know Day from 10am to 1pm at Buddha Bowl Café, Torquay, to help people plan and prepare ahead of time for end of life care.

"It is really important for people to consider how they wish to be treated and supported as they approach the end of life," WBHHS social worker Melinda Scheltens said.

"Dying to Know aims to provide the information and support needed so people can make informed decisions and encourage them to share this with their loved ones. 

"A range of government and non-government support services will be available on the day to talk to people, while a range of guest speakers will talk about different philosophies and perspectives on death.

"The WBHHS hopes this day will provide useful information and support for people, which they can apply as they approach the end of life."

The event will be held on November 4. 

For more information on Dying to Know Day or to RSVP, call 4325 6301, Cancer Care Support Team. The Buddha Bowl Café is located at 399 Esplanade, Torquay.
 



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