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From Palliative Care Australia Palliative Matters Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care

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  1. Bedtime Stories – Learning to Listen

    7 February 2018

    As a physician and clinical educator, Dr Terry Hannan believes the art of ‘listening to the patient’ is virtually lost in modern medicine. In Dr Terry Hannan’s latest book, Bedtime Stories, he writes a collection of patient journeys highlighting the depths that can occur during the distress of people with a life limiting illness.

  2. Townsville Palliative Care Service Hosts Sixth Year Medical Students

    5 February 2018

    Many medical students graduate from universities across Australia with no or limited exposure to palliative care. In response to this, Townsville Palliative Care Service recently introduced an opportunity for medical students to increase their exposure to palliative medicine.

  3. Calvary Launch Virtual Research Institute

    7 December 2017

    A new virtual research institute is bringing together four specialist palliative care units to further research to address the main priorities in palliative and end-of-life care.

  4. A Story About Stage Four Lung Cancer

    6 December 2017

    My husband Jay was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in March 2011 and was given less than a year to live. He was 39 and had no obvious risk factors for developing the disease. We had an eight year old daughter and I was pregnant with our second child when he was diagnosed. He survived the disease for over 6 years passing away in May 2017.

  5. Year 12 Student Continues Traditions At The Mary Potter Foundation

    4 December 2017

    Caring for people at the end of their lives is an honour and passion for the workers and volunteers at the Mary Potter Foundation. Pembroke School year 12 student, Luisa Wigg, not only shares these values, but dedicated her time to ensure traditions of the foundation are continued.

  6. AHHA Palliative Care Online Training Portal Relaunched

    14 November 2017

    In order to help support and benefit the ageing, The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) have re-launched their Palliative Care Online Training Portal aimed at helping aged and community care workers, carers, volunteers, family members and health professionals who provide palliative care to people in the community.

  7. Royal Flying Doctor Service is dying to talk in the bush and map gaps in palliative care services

    20 October 2017

    Royal Flying Doctor Service doctors, nurses and pilots are embarking on a new Dying to Talk in the Bush project to support people living in rural and remote areas to discuss their end-of-life wishes and map gaps in palliative care access.

  8. Royal Flying Doctor Service highlights sorry state of palliative care access in remote areas

    20 October 2017

    “Not everyone is lucky enough to live somewhere, where – by good fortune – a palliative care expert has decided to locate themselves”. Read the full speech given by Royal Flying Doctor Service CEO, Martin Laverty, at the launch of the Dying to Talk in the Bush project.

  9. India’s father of palliative care gently shakes Australia with his insights and wisdom

    13 October 2017

    The man the New York Times describes as “the father of palliative care in India”, Dr MR Rajagopal, has arrived in Australia on a national speaking tour. He is attending screenings of a documentary about his work; Hippocratic – 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World.

  10. Bereaved volunteers support others experiencing grief through new national support line

    11 October 2017

    The Compassionate Friends has launched a new national support line for people grieving the death of a loved one, giving them the opportunity to speak with someone who can genuinely relate. The trained volunteers manning the free-call number are all bereaved parents, siblings or grandparents.


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