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Working out what’s right for you

Working out what’s right for you

Working out what is right for you can be hard.

Talking about what you want at the end of your life can help to ease stress for you and your loved ones. It helps them to know how to meet your needs and what support you may wish to receive.

However, thinking and talking about the end of your life can be difficult, and can sometimes raise more questions. To help you have these discussions, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has developed the Working out what’s right for you suite of resources. If you have any questions or concerns, speaking with a healthcare professional can assist you to find support and help you to work out what is right for you.

PCA encourages you to explore this suite of resources because:

  • 8 in 10 people think it is important to think and talk about their preference for care at the end of life.
  • Only 1 in 4 people have spoken to their family about their preferences.
  • Only 6 per cent of people have spoken with a doctor about their preferences.
  • 99% of people who had to make healthcare decisions on behalf of a terminally ill loved one found that knowing their end-of-life wishes was important

This suite of resources includes:

Talking with your loved ones about what you want if you were to become really sick or at the end of your life can help you, and help them, when making important decisions.

After you have worked through the resources, you might want to talk to someone about what you have written down. You could talk to your family, friends, doctor, or other healthcare professional.

If you have any questions or concerns, speaking with a healthcare professional can assist you to find support, and to help you to work out what is right for you.

General Information and Background

PCA in collaboration with the Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia (RFDS), undertook a study to develop tools for rural and remote communities that:

  • Assist people to reflect on their preferences at the end-of-life and discuss these preferences
    with their health team and potentially their family;
  • Support clinicians to have conversations with their patients/clients about their end-of-life preferences.

The Working out what’s right for you resources were developed with and tested by RFDS clinicians to make sure they were useful to both the clinicians and people living in rural and remote communities. The study found that:

  • Patients attending RFDS clinics considered it important to have end-of-life care conversations and
    were comfortable having these with clinicians working in the clinics.
  • The resources were positively received by clinicians and could be adapted for everyday practice.

The resources have now been revised as a ‘whole of Australia’ resource so that they can be used regardless of where people, clinicians, carers or healthcare workers are located – in rural, remote, regional or metro locations. It is also able to be used as a resource for community discussions.

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