The Murrumbidgee Local Heath District is urging residents to start having discussions about dying and and the type of care they would want to receive if they could no longer speak for themselves.
This conversation starter comes in the lead up to Palliative Care Week, which begins Sunday and runs through to Saturday, May 25.
"By having the conversation with their loved ones and health professionals, people can ensure their treatment and care best aligns with their values and preferences about both the type and place of care and place of death," said MLHD's Palliative Care stream manager Tara O'Sullivan.
"We encourage everyone to discuss what matters most to them with their loved ones and health care team.
"Knowing what is important to you will reduce their burden at a difficult time and ensure you get the care you desire."
MLHD will be holding an event in Wagga, on May 23 at Community Care Nursing, to celebrate the tireless efforts of palliative care professionals and volunteers in making a difference in people's lives.