ACIA Palliative Care Practice Guidelines for Complex Care

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Palliative Care can often be viewed as one of the most private times in one’s life journey, one that may be both sensitive in nature and personal in perception. However, it may also be conceptualised as a part of life that is one of the most special, humbling, and reflective moments in our time. Being a health professional engaged in a person’s journey in palliation can be one of the most distinctive parts of our career. The journey of the person, their loved ones and health professionals / workforce provide opportunity to reflect on one’s own choices, beliefs, and preferences. They may indeed be journeys of pain and anguish, but are most commonly these are filled with opportunity, treasured moments, and genuine memories. Whilst reflecting on the development of this resource, one finds themselves contemplating what is truly important and questioning whether we too have carefully considered what we want in those last few moments, what is important, what is unfinished, what life has shared and what still is to be enjoyed. I trust and hope that we have all started our conversations both with ourselves and loved ones, long before we need to so that our final palliative care journey will be what we hope it is for our clients and their loved ones.

ACIA Palliative Care Practice Guidelines for Complex Care


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