From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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