IT’S not easy. Talking about death never is.
But it needs to be done and better sooner than later, according to experts at Portland District Health.
PDH said it is backing a new State Government priority that encourages people to make plans for dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
Lisa (*) was just 53 when the onset of heart disease exacerbated an already very serious liver condition. A Portland resident, Lisa in her last few weeks was unable to communicate with her husband and sons.
But a year earlier, she had completed a care plan which reflected her strong desire that there be no major surgical interventions which would only prolong her life, painfully, for a month or two at best.
This month the Victorian Department of Health launched Advance care planning: have the conversation; A strategy for Victorian health services 2014-2018.
This program aims to identify patient wishes regarding their health care, particularly around end-of-life issues, and document these in an advance care plan.
(*) Not her real name
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