Aboriginal Palliative Care Resources

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A Journey Into Sorry Business

Aboriginal people refer to the period of cultural practices and protocols associated with death as Sorry Business.

Sorry Business is an important time of mourning that involves responsibilities and obligations to attend funerals and participate in other cultural events, activities or ceremonies with the community.

We value the importance of advance care planning yarning so this resource has been developed to provide culturally appropriate, respectful, and mindful information to encourage Aboriginal people in opening up conversations about their rights, wishes and how to plan ahead when circumstances change through life.

We would like to thank our local Elders, Aunties, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, their families and communities who have shared their wisdom, support and insights on the Aboriginal journey through Sorry Business. 

Download the 'A Journey Into Sorry Business' booklet
(PDF | 1.8mb | 23 pages)

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Yarning Our Wishes

The GroundSwell Project came together with partners, CuriousWorks, South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Palliative Care and Aboriginal communities in South Western Sydney, for conversations about what matters and what’s missing when it comes to planning.

Yarning Our Wishes is aimed at health professionals and community organisations that work in end-of-life care and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members of Western Sydney. The film highlights key points and learnings as well as other cultural considerations when working with this diverse and culturally rich group in end-of-life care. A Yarning Our Wishes resource has also been developed to accompany the video.

Watch 'Yarning Our Wishes'
(Youtube video)

Download the 'Yarning Our Wishes' booklet
(PDF | 3.6mb | 6 pages)