LGBTIQ+ palliative and end-of-life care resources
Specific resources for LGBTIQ+ people have been recently developed with the title Taking control: LGBTQ+ Toolkit for Palliative Care and End of Life Decisions.
You can access the resources here https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/palliative-care-support/
The resources emphasise that:
It’s best to start having end of life conversations before you need to, even if it feels a little uncomfortable at the time. This toolkit attempts to make it easier to open conversations about death and dying. It will give you ideas about things to consider and decide when it comes to your own death and how to support a loved one’s wishes if faced with their death. We’re all going to die one day, so this toolkit is relevant to everyone, at any age. Looking at the issue through an LGBTQ+ lens helps us to explore our unique lived experiences and the different issues we face.
At a recent webinar that introduced the toolkit, a representative of ACON indicated, in response to my question in the Zoom ‘Chat’ function, that consideration has been given, in the development of the resources, for them to be revised to include information on voluntary assisted dying arrangements in NSW, if and when they are introduced.
Information in this article courtesy of ACON.