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


  1. Personalised bears made from a loved one’s jeans are always ready for a cuddle

    17 August 2017

    Vickie Hartland experienced an intense period of grief about 10 years ago, with the death of seven family members over just two years. That is what has inspired her to make personalised bears from jeans that were once worn by people who are now sadly missed.

  2. Talking about your life can help the process of accepting death

    16 August 2017

    Dignity Therapy can bring great relief to people who are dying, but it often takes 20 hours to interview, transcribe, edit, review and present one person’s story. Russell Armstrong recognised that the therapy would be cost-prohibitive in Australia without volunteers, so he established a free award-winning service.

  3. Rebecca Wessels is dying to talk using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter

    15 August 2017

    Rebecca Wessels is the first person to answer questions from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter for Palliative Matters. She has a passion for preserving the language and culture of her Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal heritage.

  4. Cast your vote to help determine worthy winner of online art competition

    10 August 2017

    Voting has opened to determine which of 46 artists will win this year’s People’s Choice award in Palliative Care Australia’s online art competition.

  5. Kerrie Noonan: a life committed to changing the way we do death

    8 August 2017

    On Dying to Know Day, Kerrie Noonan remembers her beloved grandmother’s death and how it sparked her curiosity about death and dying. The co-founder of the GroundSwell Project has committed much of her life to getting us to talk about death and accept it as a real-life event (where we will all star one day, centre-stage).

  6. Discuss cornea donation with palliative care patients during DonateLife Week

    1 August 2017

    It is DonateLife Week – the perfect time to raise the topic of organ donation, remembering that palliative care patients can donate corneas and restore a young person’s sight.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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