Dying to Talk coming to Port Augusta

COMMUNITY: Palliative Care SA Project Support Officer Helen Roberts and CEO Tracey Watters. PHOTO: Palliative Care SA.

COMMUNITY: Palliative Care SA Project Support Officer Helen Roberts and CEO Tracey Watters. PHOTO: Palliative Care SA.

PALLIATIVE Care SA is bringing its Dying to Talk forum to Port Augusta on Tuesday, June 13, at Central Oval to engage in conversation about dying matters.

The community engagement project – which uses the slogan, ‘talking about death, it won't kill you’ – was created to discuss the misconception that palliative care should be feared because accessing the service indicates that death is imminent.

Dying to Talk facilitator Helen Roberts said death phobia is a common barrier to dying well.

“As a society we make safety rules and regulations to avoid death like pool fences, seat belts and speed limits, so it can be healthy but avoidance of discussing death for fear of bringing it on is not,” she said.

“We completely understand people might imagine that by considering palliative care hope is dashed, but the reality is palliative care is about living and focuses on providing people with care that enables them and their family to get on with living and make the most of time remaining.

According to Palliative Care SA, 82 per cent of Australians think it is important to talk to their family about how they want to be cared for at the end of their life, but only 28 per cent have openly discussed the difficult topic with their loved ones.

“It is very common to hear people admit that palliative care is nothing like they expected and how they wish they had considered palliative care sooner,” Ms Roberts said.

Topics including fears, superannuation and burial options including coffin clubs, cremation and natural burials will be discussed during the forum. 

Dying to Talk is led by people experienced in end-of-life matters, using the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter Kit as a guide.

The Dying to Talk Rural Tour will also visit locations including Victor Harbour, Barossa Valley, Mount Gambier, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Ceduna. 

The Port Augusta forum will go from 10am to 12pm. For more information about Dying to Talk, call Palliative Care SA on 8271 1643.

To register for Dying to Talk’s visit to Port Augusta, click here.

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