Death Over Dinner is dedicated to helping people talk about their end of life care wishes and sparking cultural change at the kitchen table – not in the intensive care unit, when its simply too late.
It is an interactive website and cultural movement dedicated to giving people the permission and the tools to discuss their choices on end of life and End of Life Care with their friends and loved ones.
Death Over Dinner works to bring people to the dinner table to create social change with the idea that dinners result in action, create deep engagement and profound relationships with participants.
When it comes to death the statistics are clear. We will all die.
The way people are cared for when they are dying is important.
End of Life Care impacts everyone, at every age – the living, the dying and the bereaved. It is not a response to a particular illness or condition. It is not limited to a particular group or section of the community.
Australians are paying a high price for care they don’t want, in a place they don’t want it.70% of Australians would prefer to die at home, but only 14% actually do.
These numbers are among the lowest in the developed world, approximately half the rate of other nations. No wonder the costs of futile care in hospitals is now estimated at $170 million per annum in bed days alone, and approximately 10% of all health care costs are expended in last year of life.
Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. We are dedicated to changing that reality.
The Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR) seeks to transform End of Life Care through a conventional research and practice development program, as well as innovative community awareness initiatives that help people have conversations about their end of life choices.
For ACHR, raising public awareness is regarded as just as vital as the policy and practice developments needed to address seemingly intractable problems in the care of the dying in Australia.
ACHR is committed to encouraging people to talk about death and dying – in thousands of kitchens, living rooms, coffee shops and restaurants across the country. ACHR believe that conversations about End of Life Care shouldn’t always start with doctors, governments, insurance companies, or in intensive care units (ICUs) when people are overwhelmed; they should start with family and friends while breaking bread, and well in advance of an accident or an emergency.
ACHR’s goal is ambitious:
To change the cultural norm from not having these conversations to having them
To achieve this, we need to impress people with the importance of the conversation around End of Life Care, provide them with tools to make it easier to have conversations, and encourage these critical talks to take place at the kitchen table before there is a crisis.
Multiple Strategies to Achieve a Single Ambitious Goal:
1. Awareness through a broad national media and online campaign;
2. Development of effective (and tested) tools that encourage every person to express their wishes;
3. Create ‘conversation ready’ organisations across the care sector;
4. Become a catalyst for compassionate communities and ‘activated patients’ to be able to access better community care (through new primary care programs) to die at home.