The West Moreton Care at the End of Life Collaborative acknowledges the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul people, Traditional Custodians of the land, and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
The West Moreton region includes Ipswich and Lockyer Valley Local Government Areas (LGAs), as well as parts of the Scenic Rim and Somerset LGAs. In the 2016 census, data from these four LGAs combined, indicate that 4.1% of the total population identify as Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander. This is higher than the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, which is 3% of the total Australian population.
Approaching the end of life is a significant and sensitive time for people with a serious illness and their loved ones. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the time before and after a death are particularly important and can be subject to sacred and meaningful practices. Such practices vary between and within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribal groups; therefore, interactions at this time should be sensitive and respectful.
This page includes various resources to assist health professionals, caregivers and community members to understand more about cultural considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are approaching the end of life.