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Kia Kōrero - Let’s talk advance care planning

Kia Kōrero - Let’s talk advance care planning

  • 14 Feb 2019
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Mother and daughter, Pusi and Sima Urale (pictured) are part of a national campaign to encourage aiga and whānau to talk about future health planning and their health care needs at the end of life. 

An advance care plan often includes information such as who you would want with you if you were very ill, how much treatment you would like and types of treatment you would prefer not to have, and who could make decisions on your behalf if you were not able to.

Pusi, who after many years teaching has taken up painting – her passion - says she has always talked with her family about what to expect when people die.

“Everybody dies,” she says.

Her daughter Sima says her family has always been prepared and confident to deal with dying because Pusi has always been open with them.   

Pusi has six children who are all involved in arts, music, media and film making.

Her children supported and helped their parents when their father had dementia and when it became evident that Pusi needed more hands-on support at home, Sima moved in to live with them in Auckland. 

The Advance Care Planning programme is led by the Health Quality & Safety Commission as part of a five year strategy and is funded by district health boards. 

It is the first national advance care planning campaign and the videos and posters will be available in English, te reo Māori, Samoan and Tongan.

Distributed through social media and other forms of media to reach as many people and communities as possible, the campaign will run from February 19 to Advance Care Planning Day on April 5.

Communities will be supported to facilitate discussion and share what is important to them in their health care. 

On Advance Care Planning Day, people will be encouraged to complete their own advance care plan.