Carers Victoria's submission to the Inquiry into End of Life Choices

Carers Victoria's submission to the Inquiry into End of Life Choices

Carers Victoria's submission to the Inquiry into End of Life Choices

Carers Victoria's submission to the Inquiry into End of Life Choices

Carers Victoria welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Parliament of Victoria Standing Committee on Legal and Social Issues’ Inquiry into End of Life Choices.

In this brief submission, Carers Victoria aims to contribute to the Committee’s assessment of the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life, including the role of palliative care. We acknowledge the Committee’s commitment to investigating the meeting of community expectations and will address this from the perspective of carers and the people they care for.

Although the role of carers in supporting people’s preferences for end-of-life care is widely recognised, carers describe the role as “the hardest thing we have ever done”. In order to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life, greatly improved recognition of and support for carers is required.

Carers Victoria recommends that the health system and medical community recognises carer rights to exercise choices about their role in supporting the preferences for end-of-life care of the dying person, particularly regarding choice of place of death, where this requires the support of a carer.

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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