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People across Queensland are talking about building compassionate communities

A FREE Morning Tea is being held at the Frenchville Sports Club, Nth Rockhampton, Thursday 20th June 10.30 am. 

Compassionate Communities are networks of support around people experiencing loss, ageing, dying and grief. Over 200 people have come together so far to participate in a series of free morning teas and compassionate conversations occurring across the state and many Queenslanders are saying that compassionate communities should be an essential components of local communities.

“Everyone experiences loss, ageing, dying or grief throughout their life. It might be a family member, friend, colleague, school teacher or neighbour. It is a normal part of life, but it usually is something people find difficult to talk about or to know how to help” said Ms. Shyla Mills, Chief Executive Officer of Palliative Care Queensland.

Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) has partnered with Carers Queensland, Council on the Ageing 
(COTA) Queensland and Health Consumers Queensland to facilitate free morning teas and compassionate community conversations across the state. This project is funded by the Queensland Government under the Age-Friendly Queensland community grants project.

Over 200 people have participated in the Compassionate Community Conversation Series so far and the Rockhampton Region event will be held Thursday 20th June. The focus group (limited to 20 participants only – health consumers and carers on “What matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life care and dying?” to inform Queensland Health projects and committees that work in this important area of health, from 9-10 am and the FREE morning tea – ALL WELCOME – from 10.30am at the Frenchville Sports Club. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

“Community groups, networks and friends also play an essential role in supporting people who are ageing or at the end of life. Caring for someone is not only about their medical care. Support from neighbours to take out the bins, mow the lawn or have a cup of tea are just as important” said Mr. Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive of COTA Queensland.

“Supporting the carers is often one of the best ways to be a compassionate neighbour. Often people don’t realise that someone they know is caring for someone at home and simple helping tasks or compassionate words can make that carer’s day” said Ms. Debra Cottrell, Chief Executive Officer of Carers Queensland.

“Everyone is invited. These events are for everyone, including community members, health consumers, carers, community groups, local councils, health and community professionals. We all experience loss, ageing, dying and grief and we can all be a part of the networks of care which support each other during these times” said Ms. Melissa Fox, Chief Executive Officer of Health Consumers Queensland.

To register to attend the focus group, visit:…/

Conversation participants at the FREE morning tea will receive information and resources about services and supports available to people who are experiencing loss, ageing, dying or grief and engage in an open conversation about becoming a more compassionate neighbor and building local compassionate communities. They will also go in the draw to win a $50 gift card or an Apple iPad.