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Finding end-of-life support and information
Listed below are a range of services that can help people throughout the process of dying and provide support to their family and friends.
Learn more about:
- Carer services
- Counselling and mentoring
- Future planning
- Legal and financial information
- Palliative care
- Support and information
- Carer Gateway − Practical information and resources for carers.
- Carers Australia − National body working with state and territory Carers Associations to provide information and counselling for carers.
- Young Carers − Support and information for young people under 25 who are caring for someone who is ill.
- Australian Psychological Society − Use the “Find a Psychologist” search to look for a practitioner in your area.
- Better Access Initiative − Information about the Medicare-subsidised referral to counselling through your GP.
- Beyond Blue − 24-hour telephone counselling service; online and email counselling available seven days a week.
- Kids Helpline − Telephone and online counselling service and crisis support for young people aged 5-25.
- Lifeline − 24-hour telephone crisis support and suicide prevention service.
- Suicide Call Back Service − 24-hour telephone and online counselling for people affected by suicide.
- Australian Funeral Directors Association − Listing of funeral directors and information about planning a funeral.
- Funeral Celebrants Association Australia − Directory for finding a funeral celebrant in your local area.
- Funeral Directors Australia − Listing of independent funeral directors and information about planning a funeral.
- Advance Care Planning − Information about planning for your future health care, including advance care directives.
- Dying to Talk − Palliative Care Australia website encouraging Australians to talk about dying; includes discussion starters.
- The GroundSwell Project − Community organisation using creativity to promote resilience and wellbeing throughout all phases of life.
- Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement − Online information for people experiencing grief.
- GriefLine − Online information for the bereaved and grieving, their carers, friends and colleagues.
- GriefLink − Telephone counselling service for all Australians who have experienced a loss.
- Cancer Council Legal and Financial Referral Service − Referral service for people affected by cancer needing professional advice about legal or financial issues; free for eligible clients.
- Centrelink − Offers financial support for people with a long-term illness and for primary carers.
- End of Life Law in Australia − Information from the Australian Centre for Health Law Research on the law relating to advance directives, stopping treatment, palliative care and euthanasia.
- Public Trustees Australia − Gateway to all public and state trustees in Australia, who can help you prepare a will and manage your finances.
- The social worker on the palliative care team − May be able to help you access legal or financial support.
- CareSearch − Australian Government website that provides palliative care information and links to services for people affected by cancer, as well as resources for health professionals.
- Palliative Care Australia − Information and resources; can link you to your local palliative care office.
Support and information
- Cancer Council Online Community − An online discussion forum where people can connect with each other at any time, ask or answer questions, or write a blog of their experiences.
- Telephone support groups through Cancer Council − Includes groups for people with advanced cancer, for carers, and for the bereaved.
- The Thing About Cancer podcast series − Information and insights for anyone affected by cancer. Separate series about advanced cancer.
Dr Megan Ritchie, Staff Specialist Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Service, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, NSW; Gabrielle Asprey, Cancer Support Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Rosemary Cavanough, Consumer; Louise Durham, Nurse Practitioner, Metro South Palliative Care Service, QLD; Tracey Gardner, Senior Psychologist, Cancer Counselling Service, Cancer Council Queensland; Karen Hall, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Linda Nolte, Program Director, Advance Care Planning Australia, VIC; Rowena Robinson, Clinical Advisor, Palliative Care Australia, ACT; Helena Rodi, Program Manager, Advance Care Planning Australia, VIC.
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