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What is palliative care?

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual - World Health Organization

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13th Australian Palliative Care Conference

Register for pre-conference workshops on Tuesday 1 September. Two workshops are already fully booked so register before places run out. Available workshops include:

  • Ethical and practical aspects of decision-making in paediatric palliative care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander palliative care – How can we close the gap?
  • Communication skills – essential for the future of palliative care

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Bassam's story

Bassam shares his story about being diagnosed with terminal cancer and his experience with palliative care. After being told the cancer was incurable, Bassam tried different medical trials to ease his pain and discomfort with no luck. Bassam chose to access palliative care to manage his emotional and physical needs. His pain eased and he […]



Marmaduke's story

Marmaduke’s Story relates the palliative care journey of one family caring for their young son at home with the help of palliative care community support. Marmaduke’s story is inevitably very sad, as is every loss of a young child, but the strength of his family in caring for him and making the most of his […]


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Guide to a Social Media Afterlife

Palliative Care Australia developed the guide to help people make choices about their social media accounts after they died. The guide was launched by Senator Fiona Nash during National Palliative Care Week 2015.

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