Community, choice and collaboration are the cornerstones of the conference.
Community – the majority of hospices and palliative care services grew from volunteers in the community, who have a desire and vision for good quality care for people who are dying. Today community engagement and involvement remains critical – we will explore the meaning of community in the broadest sense, how it impacts on care today and in the future.
Choice – a patient has many choices – when, where and who will care for them. The conference programme and keynote speakers will touch on many of the choices available – reminding us how important and empowering giving options at the end of life is.
Collaboration – is essential to ensure the best outcome for patients and their families, everyone involved across all settings must work together. The goal is to ensure that we share the expertise hospices have built up and learn from our colleagues in other settings - aged care, primary care, hospital based care etc.