From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
16 February 2017
An inspired effort to save tree seedlings gives palliative care patients a sense of purpose while in hospital.
10 February 2017
Recognising that grandparents are often forgotten mourners when children die, Bear Cottage children’s hospice has started an annual camp which provides much-needed therapeutic support.
- Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care
- One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die
- Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy
- The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story
- Vicarious trauma: a young nurse shares her experience