2023 National Reconciliation Week: 27 May to 3 June 

Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise.

It is also a time for all Australians to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

PCNSW encourages everyone to consider the importance of palliative care and end-of-life discussions for anybody, regardless of cultural background and age. Further, palliative care can offer cultural learnings about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, their traditions, and how we can all contribute to supporting these as part of a larger diverse community.

Why do we need these discussions?

We know this can be a difficult conversation to have, especially for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as for them, talking about ‘death, dying or sorry business’, can feel like they are ‘tempting fate’. However, to feel empowered and ensure our end-of-life wishes are respected, we need to somehow bring ourselves to reflect on what matters most to us, have discussions with our loved ones/decision-makers, and have our wishes recorded as part of an Advance Care Plan.

For more information about Palliative Care resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples please click HERE

For more information and resources about National Reconciliation Week click HERE