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

  1. Art competition to focus on connection with community

    27 May 2017

    “Just do it.” That is Ashley Fiona’s advice to any artist who is tempted to enter Palliative Care Australia’s online art competition, launched today. Ashley, who won the People’s Choice award last year, says she is “stoked and very honoured” to have been selected as a judge, along with last year’s overall winner, Anzara Clark, and artist Margaret Ambridge.

  2. Ten questions help consumers compare how residential aged care services provide palliative care

    25 May 2017

    People looking at aged care options are being encouraged to ask services whether they provide a palliative approach to care and whether they have links with specialist palliative care services.

  3. Consensus on principles for palliative and end-of-life care in residential aged care

    24 May 2017

    New guiding principles on the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care services in residential aged care have been agreed by six influential peak bodies. The principles reflect the need to recognise when an aged-care resident is approaching the end of life, in order to ensure their physical, emotional and spiritual needs are assessed and met.

  4. National health statistics highlight inequitable access to palliative care

    24 May 2017

    Where people live and their socioeconomic status has significant bearing on whether they need to rely on hospitals to receive palliative care, or are able to access it within the community, new national statistics suggest.

  5. Find it hard to express end-of-life wishes? Try new online activities, designed to help

    23 May 2017

    People wishing to document and share their wishes for end-of-life care can now complete a series of questions online, or play an online card game to inspire and capture their thinking. Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, launched the new interactive online resources today, which build on Palliative Care Australia’s Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  6. Sue Pieters-Hawke shares how residential aged care enhanced Hazel’s quality of life and death

    23 May 2017

    Today, on the four-year anniversary of Hazel Hawke’s death, her daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke fondly remembers their final weeks together. Sue remains grateful that Hazel died in a residential aged care facility that understood dementia and provided good palliative care, both for her mother and those who loved her.

  7. Goodwin Aged Care steps up to provide proactive palliative care in-house

    19 May 2017

    Goodwin Aged Care Services in Canberra has made an extraordinary effort to ensure residents achieve the best possible care at the end of life. Acknowledging that many residents want to die comfortable deaths without going to hospital, it piloted a new approach to providing specialist palliative care in-house. Palliative Matters celebrates the achievement to mark the start of National Palliative Care Week on Sunday 21 May.

  8. Maggie Beer offers fresh thinking on food for residential aged care

    19 May 2017

    In the lead-up to National Palliative Care Week, we asked one of the country’s most loved cooks, Maggie Beer, about the influence she is having in residential aged care through the Maggie Beer Foundation.

  9. Going in peace: does every old person need intervention?

    18 May 2017

    “He was old and full of chronic diseases with a complex past medical history. They wanted to keep him in hospital, do lots of tests. He protested. They didn’t listen.” WA general practitioner Dr Meryl Broughton outlines the challenges which can prevent an elderly person from being able to die in peace.

  10. Aged care facility takes responsibility for ensuring residents achieve best possible end-of-life care

    17 May 2017

    Two isolated rural residential aged care facilities in Victoria have worked consistently over years to better recognise dying, provide early symptom relief and reduce avoidable hospital admissions.

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