My contribution to National Palliative Care Week.

My contribution to Palliative Care Week
With three wonderful supporters last night – the women (my daughters) with whom I will share my advance care planning.

I was thrilled last night to be able to deliver an important talk, during Australia’s National Palliative Care Week, asking why we allow pain management at death to be so badly handled in our culture.

The coincidence that I delivered my talk during this week was important to me.

Eighty-five per cent of Australians die a predictable death, yet palliative care is the least funded service of our heath care system.

I was speaking at the St Mary’s North Sydney Women’s Night of Spirituality, proud to be their guest.

Women queued up to share their stories with me afterwards, and what an honour it was to listen to them.

During my talk I shared a conversation I had with the wonderful Caroline Jones, on the topic of being prepared for death, just 10 days before she died – completely unexpectedly.

Caroline was a trailblazing television journalist, a strong supporter of women and a key figure at these evenings. Vale Caroline, and thank you.

To read about Caroline Jones:

For more on last night’s event.

Find out 11 steps to prepare for a good death.

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