The Grattan Institute, in its Dying Well report, estimates that the number of deaths in Australia is set to double over the next 25 years. While there will be some individuals diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, there will be many more who become responsible for caring for a loved one who has one. This means there will be an increasing number of people in our workplaces who are impacted by a life-limiting illness.
Palliative Care ACT understands dealing with illness in the workplace is not easy and has developed Life-limiting Illnesses in the Workplace: A toolkit for managers and HR professionals to provide organisations with some best practice resources and information to help. The toolkit should also initiate, and help develop, workplace policies and practices to support employees in need.
The toolkit is available by contacting Palliative Care ACT.