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

  1. Palliative approach to dementia required to support carers as well as patients

    22 June 2017

    This week Dr Jane Tolman tours Central West NSW with a small team of professional actors, calling for a major shake-up in dementia care and management. As she travels from one theatre venue to the next, she will be speaking with a passion borne of personal and professional experience.

  2. 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.”

  3. 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.

  4. Letter captures zest for life that dementia has stolen

    13 June 2017

    Richenda Rudman wrote a letter to residential aged care staff so they understood who her mother Denise was before dementia. It was a cathartic process which she hopes will remind busy staff of her mother’s humanity.

  5. Artistic merit only part of the picture: judge looking for heart and soul

    13 June 2017

    As one of the three judges determining the overall winner of Palliative Care Australia’s art competition this year, Anzara Clark is clear about what she’ll be looking for. It’s something more than technical brilliance, inspired composition or colour mastery. “The first thing I want is for something to jump out of the work and grab […]

  6. Winning haiku shines with wisdom, reflecting value in volunteering

    9 June 2017

    The death of his grandfather and a decline in his grandmother’s health inspired 22-year-old student, Joel Raymond, to learn more about death and dying and its impact on other families. Through volunteer work, he has contributed to many patients and families receiving palliative care, gaining insights that shine in his winning poem, crafted for a competition during National Palliative Care Week.

  7. Mobile hairdressers, cleaners and counsellors: website offers practical gifts for the bereaved

    8 June 2017

    Thousands of dollars worth of flowers were delivered to Kim Oakhill’s friends when their three-year-old daughter died. An allergy in the family meant that the flowers were relegated to the garage, where they made a mess and died. Watching on, Kim found herself wishing the flower money had provided something more practical to support the family, which inspired a great idea.

  8. Volunteer who sings from the heart rewarded with valuable life lessons

    5 June 2017

    Having served as a palliative care volunteer for 20 years, maybe it’s not surprising that Doreen Robinson thinks constantly – but not morbidly – of death.

  9. Book review – A Matter of Life and Death: 60 voices share their wisdom

    30 May 2017

    ‘A Matter of Life and Death: 60 voices share their wisdom’ is a compilation of reflections and narratives by people from various countries and backgrounds sharing their wisdom and perspectives on death. Yet as the title suggests, the reflections are as much about life, as death.

  10. 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.

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