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About Dying to Talk

Dying to Talk encourages Australians of all ages and levels of health to talk about dying.

Dying to Talk - talking about dying won't kiill you

Despite being something that touches everyone, death doesn’t receive enough visibility. Dying to Talk aims to reach into the community to normalise dying in Australia and to help Australians work out what’s right for them at the end of their lives. Having a conversation with your loved ones about your end-of-life wishes will help them to make decisions on your behalf should you be unable to communicate your wishes. The Dying to Talk Discussion Starter guides you through talking with your loved ones.

The Life in Death art competition exhibition provides a platform for Australians to express their emotions surrounding loss, grief or coming to terms with their own illness that they may have trouble talking about.

With more conversation comes better support for people nearing the end of life, and their loved ones. Talking about dying might be difficult, but it won’t kill you.


Palliative Care Australia thanks The Conversation Project and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, MA, USA. Their Conversation Starter Kit is in many ways the inspiration for this resource.

All resources provided by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) are for the purposes of providing information in relation to advance care planning and palliative care. All information provided is general in nature and people should consult healthcare professionals for advice about their specific circumstances, including the legislative requirements in their State or Territory.

Any resource provided by PCA for the purpose of the ‘Dying to Talk Campaign’ is strictly informative and should not be considered as legal advice or legally binding. None of the resources or forms provided by PCA for the purpose of ‘Dying to Talk Campaign’ should be considered as a substitute for the prescribed or recommended ‘Advanced Care Plan’ forms of each State or Territory.

PCA makes every effort to ensure the quality of information provided however will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by any person arising in connection with any information provided.

For additional information relating to advance care planning, please speak to your health professional, visit the Advance Care Planning Australia website or call the Advance care planning advisory service on 1300 208 582, 9am – 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday.


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