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Advance Care Planning Week

This National Advance Care Planning Week we are encouraging people in our region, regardless of your age and health status, to start conversations with loved ones about what you want at the end of your life.

Almost 50% of people will not be able to make their own end‐of‐life medical decisions, yet less than 15% of Australians have documented their preferences in an Advance Care Directive.

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Supporting Older People's Health in our Community  

This week is the NSW Seniors Festival and the chance to celebrate the unique contribution older people make to our community. 

As a PHN, we are committed to doing our part to make older people’s health a priority. In our region the population aged 65 years and older is projected to be 65,100 by the year 2021, which is over 16% of the population. As our aged population increases, so does our need to ensure that we have adequate community supports and services available to care for people as they enter this phase of their life.

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End of Life Care Project

In our region, around 1,600 people would benefit from some form of end of life care each year, which equates to more than 133 people each month.

This year, we started an End of Life Care initiative, that involves collaboration and input from GPs, hospital staff in palliative care and nursing, residential aged care workers, sociological and psychological experts, and NSW Ambulance. 

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'End of Life' Care in our Region

It's something that many find difficult to talk about, but end of life care planning can improve the management of a patient's health conditions and help to keep people out of hospital unless it is absolutely necessary. And today being "Dying to Know Day" provides us with a great opportunity to talk about this sometimes taboo subject. 

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.
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