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Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018

(Front from left) Visitor Alyce Craker and staff Priya Ponmudi and Rebekah Zanette create their contributions to the Palliative Care Week canvas, while (back) Renee Cooper, Mia Vaux and Melissa Cumming supervise. (Front from left) Visitor Alyce Craker and staff Priya Ponmudi and Rebekah Zanette create their contributions to the Palliative Care Week canvas, while (back) Renee Cooper, Mia Vaux and Melissa Cumming supervise.

By Kara de Groot

The hospital is marking National Palliative Care Week this week with a large canvas for public interaction.

A large canvas, donated by Willy Nilly Art’s Amanda Johnson, was placed in the hospital foyer yesterday morning and the public is invited to write their thoughts on what matters most to them if faced with a life-limiting illness.

Director Cancer Services, Melissa Cumming, said people can draw, write or create a collage using supplied materials to talk about their values and the care they might want to receive.

“The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘What Matters Most’, and this is an important conversation to have with loved ones when thinking about end of life care,” Ms Cumming said.

“People are invited to talk to one of our staff and/or our art therapist who will guide you in a gentle conversation about ‘What Matters Most’ to you,” she said.

“We are hoping that many staff, visitors, carers, and patients will add their thoughts to the canvas.

“No creative ability is required, just a willingness to think about the topic and contribute as you see fit.”

Ms Cumming said the purpose of the canvas was to get people thinking about end of life care, and sparking those conversations with loved ones.

She said information about palliative care and advance care planning will also be available, along with other items promoting National Palliative Care Week.

The canvas will be displayed in the hospital at a later date to acknowledge the public’s contribution, and is available for interaction between 10am and 2pm throughout this week.

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