What was your background before ACPA?
As a current full-time funeral director, I see the importance of planning ahead. I see families at their most vulnerable when it comes to talking about death and making funeral arrangements for their loved ones.
So, planning ahead with advance care planning can help make it easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
What led you to begin volunteering?
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together.
Volunteering allows you to connect with your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organisations in need.
Volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
What is your favourite thing about volunteering with ACPA?
Volunteering at ACPA has many benefits. I’ve had the opportunity to learn a range of roles to support and educate the community and health professionals and advocate for improved advance care planning in the health and aged care system. I’ve learned to conduct community and conference presentations, assist in the creation of videos and webinars and represent Advance Care Planning Australia at events.
Volunteering at ACPA is a wonderful way to support the community, develop a sense of purpose and meaning in life and to get out and have fun.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about advance care planning?
Everyone should consider advance care planning, regardless of your age or health. Ideally, advance care planning should begin early when the person has decision-making capacity.
No conversation is better had when you’re sick. We need to discuss these issues when we are fit and healthy, so we can take the emotion out of it. Then we can learn not just what is important, but why it’s important. What I’ve learned from this experience is you can’t leave it to chance.
To get involved in volunteering or to find out more, please contact us