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A new online campaign has been launched in a bid to get people to Start2Talk about their future wishes.
The campaign asks people to ‘choose it or lose it’ and encourages people to talk to their loved ones about their future health and financial wishes should they ever be in a position not to make those decisions themselves.
It points people to a new website, Start2Talk.org.au, that is an interactive and comprehensive online resource to help people throughout Australia plan ahead for their future healthcare, lifestyle and financial decisions.
Developed through Dementia Australia’s National Quality Dementia Care Initiative, Start2Talk was designed following a number of consumer consultations and reports on the difficulty in gaining access to planning ahead tools and in documenting wishes.
“We know that people are reluctant to engage in open discussion about the possibility of not being able to make their own decisions in the future, and that differing State and Territory laws and regulations make it just that much more difficult,” Dr Chris Shanley, Start2Talk Project Manager said.
Start2Talk provides more than many existing websites about planning ahead. It uses a consumer-focused model and moves beyond just providing information to include worksheets designed to spark practical conversation among families on an important topic that is too often neglected.
“The interactive nature of the website has the ability for users to register with the website to store their worksheets securely online so they can continue completing them at appropriate intervals. It offers the option of sending in personal stories on the topic of planning ahead and having your questions and concerns answered,” Dr Shanley said.
“The website has comprehensive information relevant for all States and Territories as well as a section for health and community care professionals.
“What’s more, the website is not just for people with progressive illnesses like dementia. Everyone is encouraged to use the website to plan ahead because you will never know when you may be in a position where other people will need to make decisions on your behalf.”
Start2Talk was created by Alzheimer’s Australia, with the support of Palliative Care Australia, Consumers Health Forum, Carers Australia, COTA, National Seniors, the RACGP and other health and aged care organisations. Start2Talk was developed through the National Quality Dementia Care Initiative with funding from Bupa Care Services and the J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust.
Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 332,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
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(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area
Krystal Craig / 0407 019 430 / [email protected]