Shannon's Bridge is a charity and volunteer run organisation which helps connect patients and existing palliative care services and supports.
We are here to support you with issues about illness, dying and loss. The aim is to remove the taboo and change attitudes about death and dying. The focus is on not just a “good death” but “better living”.
Shannon’s Bridge is based on the “Compassionate Communities” international movement to help people to live well within our communities to the very end of our lives.
Shannon's Bridge believes that everyone should have access to palliative care no matter where they live.
Not all Victorians have access to this now and we consider Voluntary Assisted Dying discussions to be diverting much needed energy and funds away from patients and families with terminal or life-limiting illnesses.
We believe individuals can be assisted to maintain personal control in their end of life through education, advanced care planning and matching to care which respects these expressed wishes.
Shannon's Bridge believes that management of symptoms (like shortness of breath, pain, fear, confusion or feeling sick), personal choice, and living well to the end of life are best achieved by universal access to palliative care.
Voluntary Assisted Dying is not required to achieve this purpose and is not part of the work or ethos of Shannon's Bridge.