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

  1. Dr Alex Jadad is on a world-wide mission to achieve a pandemic of health, happiness and love

    27 July 2017

    A hardened cynic might suggest that Dr Alex Jadad is on a hiding to nowhere. Who in their right mind sets out to tackle inequities in order to improve health for everyone across the globe?

  2. Talk-based therapies relieve pain by changing cells in immune system

    24 July 2017

    With today marking the start of National Pain Week, a leading neuroscientist explains a fascinating link between the brain and the immune system. It could lead to pain being treated in new and better ways.

  3. Discount rate for students keen to attend national palliative care conference

    20 July 2017

    Full-time university students have the opportunity to attend this year’s national palliative care conference in Adelaide at a significantly discounted rate.

  4. Charcoal art works explore process of dying and impact on staff

    18 July 2017

    As an artist, Margaret Ambridge offers exquisite insights into dying, human frailty, strength and love, all informed by her experiences working in palliative care. In September, her work will be exhibited at the Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide.

  5. Nurse committed to residents being able to die at home, away from hospital emergency departments

    17 July 2017

    Having worked as a nurse in a hospital emergency department, Melissa Millar has seen first-hand the trauma that can occur when someone who is dying an expected death is put in an ambulance. It’s something she is keen to avoid in her new role at a Sydney aged care facility.

  6. Caring for my beautiful husband as he died and through the days that followed

    10 July 2017

    Who is the best person to care for someone who has died? Sometimes, a person who loved them when they were living. Dr Fiona Reid shares her experience caring for her husband Morgan throughout his illness and in the days after his death.

  7. To focus on the needs of others brings great pleasure and relief

    28 June 2017

    Having spent 11 years working as a volunteer for Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Robin Downs is very clear about who benefits most from her unpaid work. The 76-year-old, who wears bright colours and a cheery demeanour when visiting patients, tried to move away from Melbourne a few years ago. She missed her volunteer work so much that she came back.

  8. Life after a big loss: school or prison? Meet grief therapist Liese Groot-Alberts

    27 June 2017

    Liese Groot-Alberts is a keynote speaker at this year’s Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide. She became a therapist after the sudden death of her young daughter. While working with internationally renowned psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Liese learned that after a big loss, you can decide to make life a school or a prison.

  9. Living with dementia: carers’ experiences in their own words

    22 June 2017

    “After about two years of inconclusive tests, finally, I was told by a specialist in Sydney that [my husband] had dementia. He said the sooner I accepted the fact the better, that acceptance was a journey, but he didn’t really tell me what dementia is; just that I had to accept it.”

  10. Colin Wong is dying to talk

    19 June 2017

    Colin Wong is the founder of Gathered Here, a website that enables families to compare prices charged by funeral homes. He was motivated to build the website after feeling taken advantage of by funeral directors when arranging his great aunt’s funeral.

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