With the annual Conversations that Count Day on Wednesday 5 April, now is the time to start thinking about how to encourage people to talk about and plan for their future and end-of-life care.
Created to raise awareness about advance care planning, the event is held slightly earlier than previous years. The theme for 2017 is once again ‘Get them Talking’. Coordinated by the Advance Care Planning (ACP) Cooperative and the Health Quality & Safety Commission, the Conversations that Count Day 2017 planning group – with representation from throughout the country – is managing a national news and social media campaign promoting the day and advance care planning.
A number of national resources have been distributed throughout the country, including posters and postcards, and ACP teams will carry out a range of Conversations that Count Day activities in their local areas on the day, such as morning teas, presentations and displays at hospitals, libraries, community centres, marae, retirement villages, aged care centres and service clubs.
Conversations that Count Day is supported by the South Island Alliance’s Health of Older People Service Level Alliance (HOPSLA). Val Fletcher, geriatrician and chair of HOPSLA, says advance care planning is something that all of us should start thinking about. “Conversations that Count day reminds us all how important it is to plan ahead, and for people to communicate their choices about what they would want for their end-of-life care.”
Read Marie Mitchell’s story about how advance care planning helped her father and family in his final days, here.
For another personal story about how advance care planning has made a difference, click here.
Advance Care Planning facilitator Jane Goodwin discussed the event with Newstalk ZB on 29 March. Click here to listen to the interview.
For more information about Conversations that Count day, click here.