With only around half of Australians able to make their own end-of-life decisions, during Advance Care Planning Week the Federal Government launched a multimillion-dollar plan to help people talk about their end-of-life wishes and care plans.

This ABC AM segment hears from three experts who recognise the importance of Advance Care Plans.

While the number of palliative care services is growing across Australia, people in rural and remote areas still struggle to access end-of-life care.

And, according to the Aged Care Guide website, a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows more people are accessing palliative care services in a hospital than ever before.

Meanwhile, access to good palliative care services remains largely dependent on patient location and socioeconomic status.

Conversation starter

What experience have you or your loved ones had with end-of-life issues, palliative care or Advance Care Plans? What positive things came out of that experience? What would you like to see change?

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