This National Palliative Care Week, Australians are being asked to think and talk about something that can be hard to discuss, how we want to be cared for at the end of our life.

And to help start the conversation, the documentary “Live the life you please” will premiere and be shown in theatres around the country from this week.

“This film aims to prompt an important discussion about a topic we’d all rather avoid – the end of our lives,” says Peter Mac’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Sonia Fullerton.

“While this can be a confronting subject, it’s important to know that services are available to help people and their families at the end of life.

“And that thinking and talking about these services ahead of time, can make a difficult time easier.” 

The film's website says it captures “unexpected moments of joy caught between caregivers, patients and their families” and will “change the way you think about palliative care”.

Dr Fullerton will appear at a special screening of the documentary, organised by Advance Care Planning Australia, on Thursday 8 June, from 7pm at Pentridge Cinemas in Coburg, Melbourne.

Following the screening, a live Q&A session will be held where the audience can ask questions of an expert panel including:

  • Advance Care Planning Australia National Program Director Xanthe Sansome
  • Journalist and author of “What will I wear to your funeral” Kellie Curtain
  • And Dr Fullerton who is also a palliative medicine consultant

Purchase tickets for the special screening and live Q&A or see all screenings of “Life the life you please”Australia-wide.

National Palliative Care Week runs from 21 May to 27 May 2023 and aims to put matters of life and death, front and centre in Australia’s consciousness.