“People need to die with dignity.”
This is what Margaret Mogg, member of Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee believes when it comes to palliative care.
Ms Mogg will be one of many Highlanders who will help launch a new campaign to address the shortage of specialist palliative care services across NSW.
The I care for Palliative Care Campaign, run by the Cancer Council, will seek to increase funding from the NSW Government for an additional 10 palliative care medical specialists, 129 specialist palliative care nurses and culturally appropriate palliative care for Aboriginal people across NSW.
Ms Mogg, who is the convener of the launch, said palliative care was an important issue in the Highlands.
“Palliative care happens everywhere and my passion is to see it done properly because death doesn’t just affect the person, it affects their family and friends,” she said.
Ms Mogg has encouraged Highlanders to sign a pledge directed to the NSW Minister for Health to end the shortage of palliative care funding.
The launch event will be held at the Henrietta Rose Room, Bendooley street at 10.30am on May 5.
Highlanders can attend and learn about what palliative care is and the services available in the Highlands.
Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell will be at the event to address to the palliative care issues in the area,.
To RSVP for the event, contact Ms Mogg on 0403 829 590.
Visit http://www.canact.com.au/palliative_care_pledge to pledge your support for the campaign.