More than 700 delegates from across Australia and the world have arrived in the capital city to explore the importance of palliative care in all its dimensions. Over 150 plenary sessions, presentations, workshops and speed talks will be taking place over the four day; with a full pre-conference programme taking place today before the official opening ceremony and welcome address tomorrow.
On the eve of the conference, the Australian edition of ehospice published an interview with Dr Yvonne Luxford, the CEO of Palliative Care Australia, on why is palliative care should be ‘everybody’s business’ and how we can make it so.
Dr Luxford discusses the barriers to making palliative care ‘everybody’s business’ and the challenges involved with increasing consumer engagement in palliative care, as well as the current state of palliative care in the country.
She says: “It is everybody’s business whether you are young or old, a health or aged care professional providing care, or a politician developing policy. It’s not just for people with cancer, people who are old, or professionals working in specialist services. It really is an issue for us all.”