The Violet Initiative (Violet) exists to reduce regretful outcomes in the last stage of life for Australians, their caregivers and their families.
Violet provides free services, programs and resources to anyone in the community who is caring for someone in the last stage of their life (in either an informal or formal role) to help them be better prepared and supported on their journey.
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There are approximately 50,000 regretful deaths each year in Australia. Regretful outcomes are the difference between what is hoped for and what actually happens. This regret costs us all dearly, emotionally as individuals and economically as a society.
For the people directly involved, regretful outcomes increase trauma and leads to more complex bereavement. It also creates distress for health professionals and ethical dilemmas for other organisations.
Supporting caregivers and their families for over 30 years has shown us that regretful outcomes often occur when things don’t go to plan - or there is no plan.
Violet provides relief and builds resilience so that people are better prepared and supported as they care for a loved one the last stage of life.
By Violet CEO Melissa Reader, Prof Kathy Eagar, Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute and clinical committee members Prof. Ken Hillman, AO and Dr. Leeroy William.
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Intensive Care Specialist and Professor of Intensive Care, University of New South Wales
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Palliative Care Physician and Author
Dean of Medicine, ANU Medical School
Palliative Care Social Worker, Monash Health