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

  1. Handover bag concept offered nationally as sensitive way to return possessions

    24 March 2017

    Whether someone dies in a hospital, hospice or residential aged care facility, it’s not unusual for their possessions to be passed back to their family in a plastic garbage bag. An End of Life Care Committee in Queensland has developed a more sensitive and respectful approach, which it hopes will be adopted nationally.

  2. Community’s exceptional care for dying mother inspires charity to ensure others receive the same

    21 March 2017

    Everyone who dies an expected death deserves exceptional support from their local community. That’s the philosophy underpinning It Takes a Village – a charity working to create compassionate communities in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.

  3. New resource explains what palliative care offers before misperceptions get in the way

    21 March 2017

    For some people, the term ‘palliative care’ inspires gratitude and relief. For others, it inspires fear, particularly if they mistakenly believe that it signals giving up, can’t be received in conjunction with treatment, or is only for people who are about to die. That great challenge is tackled head on by a new online resource, which provides information for people with metastatic breast cancer by focussing first on their needs.

  4. Palliative care nurse recognised for excellence in Aboriginal health

    16 March 2017

    Palliative care nurse Charlotte Coulson is one of 33 nurses and midwives to be chosen as a finalist for the 2017 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, to be announced in May. Of the five years she worked in the Kimberley, three focused on improving palliative care access for Aboriginal people with end-stage kidney disease.

  5. From music into silence; new documentary celebrates Peter Roberts’ courage and heart

    15 March 2017

    Thousands of people nearing death have found peace in the sounds and silences created by Peter Roberts and his harp. His inspiring transformation from furniture retailer to music thanatologist has been captured in a feature-length documentary, to be released later this year.

  6. Russell Armstrong is dying to talk

    14 March 2017

    Spiritual care worker Russell Armstrong has spent much of his professional life helping others to process the unwelcome reality of their dying. He answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  7. Supporting parents after the death of a baby, as they grieve a myriad of lost wishes

    6 March 2017

    Fiona Hawthorne explains how she came to head Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice, and gives tips on how to support grieving parents.

  8. Dr Philip Lee is dying to talk

    24 February 2017

    Cycling through the Pyrenees Mountains in France is on the bucket list of things Dr Philip Lee wants to achieve before he dies. The palliative care specialist was recently awarded Citizen of the Year in Parramatta.

  9. Clothes fit to be buried in; Pia creates garments for the grave

    24 February 2017

    Dr Pia Interlandi (PhD) creates biodegradable shrouds for people to be buried in. She also helps families to design and perform meaningful rituals and ceremonies for loved ones who have died.

  10. Interior designer volunteers to make ward uplifting and homely

    22 February 2017

    Interior design student Shannon Jones is fundraising to revamp the palliative care ward at a Brisbane hospital. She plans to make it a more comfortable and uplifting environment for patients and their families, and staff.

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