About half the Australian population will die without having a say in their end-of-life care because too few make advance care plans, but a new national awareness campaign aims to change those statistics.
The Federal Government has launched a new National Advance Care Planning week to raise awareness and spark discussions on an often difficult topic.
Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt said it was important for Australians to plan ahead to reduce stress on themselves and their families facing end-of-life decisions.
“Research shows that around half of us will be incapable of making our own medical decisions as we approach the end of our lives. Despite this, less than 15 percent of Australians have recorded an Advance Care Plan,” said Mr Wyatt.
“One-third of Australians will die before the age of 75 and 85 percent of us pass away after a chronic illness, not a sudden event. So, regardless of our age or current health status, talking about and preparing a plan sooner rather than later is important,” he said.
National Advance Care Planning Week, from 16-22 April, was created by Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA), a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
It will see more than 100 events take place around the country.
For more information on National Advance Care Planning Week, including a list of events, visit the website.