“What Matters Most”
It is National Palliative Care Week next week (21-25 May) and the public are invited to contribute to a large communal canvas their thoughts about what matters most to them if faced with a life-limiting illness.
The canvas will be set up in the Broken Hill Hospital foyer from Monday to Friday where people can draw, write or add a collage as encouragement to talk about their values about their health and about the care they might wish to receive towards end of life.
“The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘What Matters Most’ and this can be a challenging conversation to have with loved ones when thinking about end of life care,” said Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer Services, Innovation (Rural) & Palliative Care, Far West LHD.
“To help, we will have an interactive activity involving a canvas in the Broken Hill Hospital foyer each day from 10am to 2pm,” she said.
“People are invited to talk to one of our staff and/or our art therapist who will guide you in a gentle conversation about What Matters Most to you. Then we will invite you to contribute to a large communal canvas using either words, drawing, or collage.
“We are hoping that as many staff, visitors, carers, and patients will add their thoughts to the canvas,” said Ms Cumming.
The canvas will be displayed at a later date to acknowledge the value of everyone’s contribution to this important topic.
“However, the completed canvas is the by-product. The important work is thinking about What Matters Most to you, and having that conversation with your loved ones, particularly if they ever have to make decisions about your care in the future,” she said.
“Please be assured no creative ability is required, just a willingness to think about the topic and contribute as you see fit.”
Information about Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning will also be available, along with some pens and tea towels promoting National Palliative Care Week.