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  1. Australian researchers, leaders, innovators and teams working in palliative care were recognised at last night’s Inaugural Palliative Care Australia National Awards. From people working to build palliative care awareness and clinical approaches in India through to research aimed at earlier palliative care intervention and support to families the award winners are making a significant contribution […]

  2. Kate Swetenham, Service Director of Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, said patients and carers are generally careful to protect one another’s feelings, which can severely inhibit what they say when they are together. Significant long-term benefits flow from separating patients who are terminally ill and their main care giver when conducting psychosocial assessments, according to an […]

  3. Leading academic Professor David Currow has called for national guidelines on referral to specialist palliative care services at the 13th Australian Palliative Care conference in Melbourne. His suggestion, which was met with applause from delegates, is consistent with Palliative Care Australia recommendations to the Federal Government as part of the Primary Health Care Review. Read […]

  4. Despite a huge emphasis within medical schools on teaching empathy, a hidden curriculum causes students’ compassion to decline over time, according to an Associate Professor of General Practice at The Australian National University Medical School. Dr Katrina Anderson told the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne today that despite excellent educational interventions she has […]

  5. Palliative care professionals were encouraged to get online and get social by expert Dr Christian Sinclair. Dr Sinclair, an assistant professor of palliative medicine at the University of Kansas, says social media offers opportunities for support but also to create new connections and teach the broader public about palliative care. Speaking to PCA before the […]

  6. Dr Scott Martin painted a picture of a world where robots could take on many caring roles – asking: is this one way of making palliative care fit for the future? Dr Martin argued that a robot with artificial intelligence could begin to understand when patients were feeling discomfort, could coach them and be fun […]

  7. Nick Champion

    3 September 2015

    Left to right: PCA CEO Liz Callaghan and Mr Nick Champion MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health Nick Champion shared some personal experiences of death and how his views of dying had been shaped by them. His Grandfather lived a long life and enjoyed a birthday celebration the day before he died, in contrast to […]

  8. Too few palliative care patients are being referred for physiotherapy despite its potential to improve their quality of life, according to a physiotherapist speaking today at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne. Pauline Cerdor, a retired physiotherapist with extensive palliative care experience, said the majority of patients she treated in the palliative care […]

  9. Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today encouraged clinicians, community members, patients and carers to help shape the future of palliative care in Victoria.“I am delighted to announce today that the Victorian Government will be commencing an extensive consultation to develop a new end of life framework,” she told delegates at the 13th Australian Palliative […]

  10. Welcome! This is the first Conference Update and you will find one of these in your inbox every morning of the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference. Each update will take you to a feature article from the previous day’s sessions, additional news information and updates about the day ahead. Welcome drinks at the 13th Australian […]

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