THERE is still time to book your seat for a life-affirming event about death and dying, life and living!
As part of Dying to Know Day (8 August), Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) invites you to attend a production of four short plays, raising awareness about death, dying and the importance of planning for the end of life.
Afterward, the audience will be invited to participate in a panel-led discussion inspired by the plays. The panel will include clinicians, a lawyer and a palliative care vet.
Geriatrician and Chair of the SCHHS End of Life Care Committee, Dr John Endacott, said Advance Care Planning was talking-well ahead of time-with our families and health professionals about our wishes for the end of our life.
"Having these discussions makes it much more likely that your end of life care wishes will come true", Dr Endacott said.
"But if you've ever sat down and tried to have that discussion, you'll know it can be pretty difficult, awkward and even confronting.
"Dying to Know Day is all about reminding us that dying is as natural as being born. By presenting the plays we have chosen, we are hoping for a range of responses from our audiences: laughter, tears and reflection. Above all, we want the audience to be entertained and engaged.
"That way, the panel discussion we have afterward will be meaningful and memorable. And hopefully, it will make Advance Care Planning discussions just that little bit easier for all involved," Dr Endacott said.
When: 7.30pm - Saturday, 6 August 2016 2pm - Sunday, 7 August 2016 Where: The Lind Theatre Mitchell Street, Nambour Places are limited and bookings are essential; you can book online at www.lindlane.com.au
Tickets are $15 each or four tickets for $50, online.
Proceeds will go to the health service foundation Wishlist.
Statistics show 75 per cent of Australians have not had end of life discussions, very few of us die with an Advance Care Plan, and 70 per cent of Australians die in hospitals though most would prefer to die at home.
For more information, visit www.dyingtoknowday.org or contact the End of Life Care Project Officer by emailing SC-ACP@health.qld.gov.au or calling 5470 5306.
This event is a collaboration between the Groundswell Project, the SCHHS, Wishlist and the PHN (Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast).