A great way to help bring attention to issues related to hospice and palliative care this election is to discuss them on your local talkback radio station.
- If you text, keep the message very simple and short and polite.
Consider writing down a couple of points you wish to bring up during your phone call. For example,
(We are worried that as an essential health service, hospice has been under-recognised and under-valued by successive governments and now faces an uncertain future through lack of funding. The government needs to act now and commit to fairer, more sustainable funding so everyone who needs it can access quality palliative care).
This will help you stay focused on your message.
- Use strong facts about hospice and palliative care to support your argument – find them here
- Unfortunately, the show may not always be able to take your call. If this is the case, consider trying again another day.
- Try to call when the presenter is taking calls about a topic related to palliative care, such as health, cancer, dementia, grief, ageing, retirement villages/living, aged care, respite care, etc.
- Radio programmes regularly interview politicians, so you may have the opportunity to discuss palliative care and hospice with a candidate live on-air.