six women standing behind a table covered in information brochures about palliative care.

Talking about end-of-life matters, including dying as a normal part of life, myth-busting palliative care and advance care planning, were Hastings Home Hospice volunteers Marita Creighton, Helen Parker and Chris Rowe with PMBH CNS2 Palliative Care Rachel Sydenham, WDMH Social Worker Cody Morris and CNS1 Donna Kuhn of the Community Pall Care team.

Pall care team says today is the day to have ‘that’ conversation

May 20, 2024

The first of three community conversations about palliative care have been held on the Mid North Coast during Palliative Care Week; the second is scheduled for this afternoon.

The first was an information display at Sovereign Hills IGA Port Macquarie last Friday, where members of the public could ask any question they wanted of Hastings Home Hospice volunteers, who hosted the display, and MNCLHD palliative care staff.

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Palliative Care, Donna Kuhn thanked the Hastings Home Hospice volunteers for their time and support.

“We also want to thank the volunteers for allowing us to share their space and thank Mary (Trotter) and her band of trusty staff (Wauchope District Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit) who set up the display table and who helped man the table.” Ms Kuhn said.

For those who missed the opportunity to attend the information display at Sovereign Hills, another opportunity to learn about navigating end-of-life matters, including advance care planning, will be held this afternoon at the CWA Rooms in Horton Street, Port Macquarie from 2pm to 4pm. Register at

Tomorrow, the conversation moves north to Bellingen’s Cedar Bar in Church Street. To book for the 9am to 11am event, go to Healthy North Coast Community Conversation Events page.

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