Tomorrow will see Port Macquarie host the next meeting of Mid North Coast Dying with Dignity NSW.
The meeting will convene at Port Panthers on Tuesday, November 27 at 1 Bay St, Port Macquarie from 10am to 12.30pm. The cost is only $5 for entry and the price also includes morning tea. There is no need to book and everyone is welcome. The venue has disabled access.
Attendees will hear about Advance Care Directives (ACD), which are an essential document to control the end of your life. An ACD allows patients to speak, even when they have lost the ability to talk, and enable people to make decisions about future treatment or care, including the end of their life. It is also an avenue to request or refuse medical treatment in the future.
There will be three guest speakers who will present specific information, including David Horseman from Coffs Harbour who has worked with NSW Ambulance all around the State for 22 years. He will be talking about ACDs, specifically how Ambulance NSW and paramedics respond and what is legal, and what isn't.
Anne Judd, who has worked for 9 years as the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Organ & Tissue Donation, will be talking about Advance Care Directives and address organ and tissue donation.
While Annie Quadroy, the Convener of Mid North Coast DWD NSW will be giving a presentation on ACDs specifically addressing what they are and why we need them, what needs to be included in an ACD, how to talk with family, friends and your Doctor about the end-of-life you want and legalities.
Ms Quadroy said “I recommend everyone bring their ACD to the meeting if they have one. If not, ACDs will be available at the meeting. We are very grateful that Dr Rodney Syme, the ‘grandfather’ of voluntary assisted dying in Australia has given us his express permission to use the ACD he devised and which has been endorsed by numerous GPs and specialists”.
Anyone looking for more information can contact Annie Quadroy on 0432048414.