Senate debates

Tuesday, 14 August 2018


Dying to Know Day

3:39 pm

Photo of Helen PolleyHelen Polley (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader (Tasmania)) Share this | | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Bilyk, move:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

  (i) 8 August 2018 was Dying to Know Day,

  (ii) Dying to Know Day promotes death literacy and meaningful conversations about dying and end-of-life planning, and

  (iii) the subject of death is still to a large extent avoided and considered daunting for many people;

(b) acknowledges:

  (i) the need to break down barriers which limit the way we talk about death and discuss end-of-life care,

  (ii) the importance of having conversations with loved ones about what we do and don't want at the end of life, and

  (iii) that making your wishes known and having a plan in place makes the experience of death, dying and bereavement easier for all involved; and

(c) urges:

  (i) the Federal, state, territory and local Governments to encourage all Australians to start conversations about their wishes and preferences for care at the end of life, and

  (ii) the Turnbull Government to make palliative care a health priority.

Question agreed to.