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  1. Lucinda Barry is Dying to Talk during DonateLife Week

    1 August 2018

    For many people in palliative care, tissue and organ donation (e.g. corneal donation) is still a possibility and should be discussed as part of end-of-life conversations. Chief Executive Officer of Organ and Tissue Authority, Lucinda Barry, took some time this week to speak with Palliative Matters to discuss some of her end-of-life wishes using the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  2. Memories are timeless treasures of the heart

    25 July 2018

    I witnessed an inspiring and heartfelt moment as day resident, Larry Andrews, walked into the community hall at Villaggio Sant’ Antonio aged care facility and was hailed by friends, family, former work colleagues and other fellow residents. There was a standing ovation as Larry entered and made his way to the front of the room in awe of all the people that had come to see him.

  3. Why Opioid Medicines are Important for Improving Quality of Life in Palliative Care

    18 July 2018

    With more understanding of how to manage pain using opioid medicines, the palliative care community can set an example for the rest of Australia to follow. Opioid medicines will always carry a risk of side effects and other issues – but by using a balanced approach, we can choose to manage that risk carefully, holistically, and with greater compassion.

  4. Sarah Richards of Marrawuy Journeys is Dying to Talk

    11 July 2018

    This NAIDOC week, Sarah answers questions from the Dying to Talk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter which aims to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to start thinking about what would happen if they were so sick that someone else had to make decisions for them.

  5. Last Wishes – The Afterlife Organiser

    2 July 2018

    Last Wishes, founded and created by Felicity Wegemund, was released earlier this year as an afterlife organiser for individuals to record their end-of-life and after death wishes all in one place. The mobile application can store information to help loved ones make decisions on an individual’s behalf by recording wishes for possessions, preferred funeral arrangements, documentations and any other desired requests.

  6. With the end in mind – Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

    24 May 2018

    With the End in Mind, written by renowned UK palliative care specialist Kathryn Mannix, is the exploration of one of the biggest taboos in our society and the only certainty we all share: death. Told through a series of powerful stories taken from Kathryn’s clinical practice, interwoven with her own professional journey, this extraordinary book sends a vital message to the living and answers the most urgent, intimate and fascinating questions about the end-of-life process with touching honesty and humility.

  7. With the end in mind – Palliative Matters readers treated to excerpts from the book.

    24 May 2018

    The author of ‘With the end in mind’,Kathryn Mannex, has chosen the following excerpts for Palliative Matters readers to enjoy.

  8. Living with COPD

    23 May 2018

    Ian Venamore used to describe himself as a very active person. He enjoyed outdoor activities, playing sport and was quite the handy man around the house. It was in 2003 when he began to experience subtle symptoms which belied the seriousness of the condition he now lives with. Ian was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which is a progressive disease of the lungs causing shortness of breath. Ian shares his personal journey with COPD as he discovers the importance of knowing your body and understanding the limits of your condition and health needs. 

  9. At the End of Life’s Journey: A time to bring everyone together

    21 May 2018

    As a practising intensive care specialist for over 21 years, I have had the privilege to be with many patients and families at one of the toughest times in their lives. Tough for multiple reasons not least someone’s life has just been placed on a knife edge within the confines of a noisy, frenetic intensive care unit. This experience can be terrifying, confusing, bewildering with a strong sense of losing control over decisions including life and death.

  10. Is there such a thing as Person Centred Care?

    17 May 2018

    Molly Carlile AM is a multi-award winning death and grief specialist, palliative care activist, author and is the CEO of Palliative Care South East in Victoria. Read her special column about ‘what matters most?’ to celebrate National Palliative Care Week.


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