Palliative Care Queensland

National Palliative Care Week Sunday 23 May – Saturday 29 May

This year’s National Palliative Care Week calls on Queenslanders to take time to remember the friends and loved ones who have experienced serious illness, dying, death and grief in the last year and to reflect on the contributions they made to our lives and communities.

Running from Sunday 23 May to Saturday 29 May, the week is a celebration of the sector, and its aim is to raise awareness about the many benefits of quality palliative care and to remove the myth that palliative care is only about the last days of life; it is much more.

Palliative Care Queensland CEO, Shyla Mills, outlined the importance of the week and how Queenslanders can get involved. “Palliative care is a recognised human right, which provides a holistic approach to improving the quality of life for terminally-ill people at all stages of life, and at some point every Queenslander will require support, either as a patient or as a loved one. National Palliative Care Week is a way to raise awareness of the sector and to shine a light on the people, programs and projects that that have provided support across the state in the past year.” said Ms Mills.

A key activity this year will be our Time to Remember campaign. At sunset on Sunday, 23 March, Palliative Care Queensland is encouraging all Queenslanders to take time to remember; a moment to reflect upon friends and loved ones who have experienced a serious illness, dying, death and grief, be thankful for the time spent together and the contributions they have made and remember the incredible work done by palliative care services, supports and the compassionate communities throughout Queensland.

“We would love Queenslanders to take a moment to stop, reflect and remember, at Sunset on Sunday and to share a photo or video of their remembrance activity with Palliative Care Queensland via our social networks using the hashtag #TimeToRemember and tagging in Palliative Care Queensland” said Ms Mills.

As part of the week, Palliative Care Queensland will be hosting virtual and face-to-face events and activities designed to inform Queenslanders about the critical role palliative care plays in the lives of everyone in the Sunshine State.

“We have an exciting week planned and can’t wait to engage with everyone in a celebration of the sector. From our Palliative Care in Queensland State Awards to lighting up Brisbane’s Story Bridge and from webinars to community grief workshops, the week is accessible to anyone in the community who wants to know more about palliative care and the role it plays in care,” said Ms Mills.

The week’s events calendar includes:

  • 23 – 29 May 2021 | 2021 Palliative Care in Queensland Statewide Awards | PCQ social media channels
  • 24 – 28 May 2021 | Townsville Area NPCW Information Display | Townsville Community Information Centre
  • 23 May 2021 | #TimeToRemember | Send us a short video or Photo to or tag us on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn
  • 23 May 2021 | Light Up Brisbane For #NPCW2021 | Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, Reddacliff Place sculptures
  • 24 May 2021 | Public Health Palliative Care Initiatives Showcase Webinar | Online
  • 27 May 2021 | FREE Grief Tending Workshops for Community Members and Health Professionals | Brisbane City Hall

More information and registration details are available at:

Find out the 2021 Palliative Care in Queensland Statewide Awards winners here

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