Jun 14, 2023

Nominate now: Australian media all-rounder hosts National Palliative Care Awards

Jean Kittson’s latest novel, 'We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad’ discusses supporting your ageing loved ones. [Source: Rob Palmer / The Australian]

Nominations have opened for the 2023 Palliative Care Australia (PCA), National Palliative Care Awards, hosted by Australian performer, writer and comedy legend, Jean Kittson.

Apart from her many gigs in the Australian media landscape, Jean has used her profile to talk about women’s health and palliative care for many years.

She is the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia Inc. and her latest book ‘We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad’ opens up conversations on how to support your ageing loved ones.

“You are tackling things like when to move them out of the family home, not leaving it too late to access home care, making decisions in hospital emergency departments, and just what questions to ask,” Jean told The Courier Mail.

While emceeing at palliative care conferences in 2011 and 2013, Jean realised she had not spoken to her elderly parents about many of the issues raised at these events and began to delve into the next stage of her parents’ life.

She soon learnt, “it is a frigging jungle out there in the world of ageing”. 

Held every two years, the National Palliative Care Awards recognise excellence, innovation, teamwork and emerging talent in Australia’s palliative care sector; and this year’s award line-up features a new award for lifetime achievement.

In 2023, PCA is partnering with Silverchain to deliver the gala awards ceremony on Thursday, 14 September at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

This is your opportunity to give your colleagues the recognition they deserve – you can also nominate yourself.

2023 Award categories:

  • Emerging leader
  • Emerging researcher
  • Outstanding work by a team in delivering palliative care
  • Innovation in palliative care
  • Outstanding achievement in volunteering
  • Outstanding achievement in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander palliative care
  • Outstanding achievement by an individual in palliative care
  • Lifetime achievement award

“The doctors, nurses, physios, dietitians, music therapists – all those involved in that team approach to palliative care look forward to this night as an opportunity to get together and let their hair down, and it’s important we give them that opportunity,” said PCA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Camilla Rowland.

Anyone can nominate an individual or team for the 2023 National Palliative Care Awards, entry is free. Submit your nominations here by  Thursday, June 22, 2023.

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