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

  1. Difficult decisions: voices and choices for young people at end-of-life

    23 April 2018

    Doctor Ursula Sansom-Daly from the University of New South Wales was recently awarded a research grant from the HCF Research Foundation to focus on improving end-of-life outcomes for young people at end-of-life.

  2. A mother’s journey with a silver lining

    6 April 2018

    Grief is a feeling you don’t get over or recover from. You learn to live with it and adjust to a new reality. For this inspiring mum, the grief of losing her daughter fuelled her desire to help other families in the toughest situations of their life.

  3. Be In Charge Of Your End-Of-Life Care Wishes

    26 March 2018

    Prognosis can be a complex component of patient care for doctors and nurses, alongside the difficult task of discussing this with people with a life-limiting illness. With so many factors to consider for such a […]

  4. Bedside 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. New training in assessing and addressing palliative care and advance care planning needs

    27 October 2017

    HammondCare is leading a new $2M project which aims to leave clinicians better equipped to initiate conversations about advance care planning and screen for palliative care needs. The project will target GPs, nurses and allied health staff working with older people and younger adults with chronic and debilitating illnesses, providing online learning resources, tele-mentoring and provide face-to-face training.

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