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


  1. Maggie Beer Foundation tour inspires chefs in residential aged care

    28 April 2017

    Maggie Beer visited regional towns in northern NSW recently to promote the use of fresh food within residential aged care homes.

  2. Zoe Mitchell is dying to talk

    21 April 2017

    WA social worker Zoe Mitchell won Palliative Care Australia’s inaugural ‘Emerging Leader’ prize in 2015 for her untiring patient advocacy and commitment to palliative care. She would not want to waste time and energy on futile treatments and investigations at the end of life. But she would want kisses from her crazy little puppy.

  3. Death can strengthen love and connection: Dr John Endacott

    20 April 2017

    There is a tragic experience that Dr John Endacott and his father both lived through as young children, a generation apart: the death of a parent. Dr Endacott, now a geriatrician, is a firm believer in death offering great opportunities for meaningful connection – which should be celebrated.

  4. Christopher McGowan is dying to talk

    12 April 2017

    Christopher McGowan has been CEO of Silver Chain Group for 10 years. Having the opportunity to die at home with his daughters caring for him, in the same place where he cared for them, is important to him.

  5. New funding brings first young adult hospice one step closer to reality

    6 April 2017

    A commitment of $2 million recurrent funding from the NSW Government has brought a new hospice for people over the age of 18 one step closer to fruition, according to Bear Cottage nursing unit manager Narelle Martin.

  6. Molecular air and other tasty treats to feature in new palliative care cookbook

    5 April 2017

    How do you help a young boy to enjoy the simple pleasure of fresh strawberries and ice cream when he so unwell he can’t swallow? HammondCare’s executive chef, Peter Morgan-Jones, is sure to find a way.

  7. New resources help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people talk about end-of-life care

    28 March 2017

    Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, today launched new resources designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people discuss end-of-life care wishes with their families or health care teams.

  8. Second chance to learn about death and dying through free online course

    27 March 2017

    Enrolments open today for a free, web-based course that allows people of all ages to learn about death and dying, and engage in supportive discussion. Dying2Learn is the second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to be offered by online palliative care resource CareSearch.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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