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


  1. Royal Flying Doctor Service is dying to talk in the bush and map gaps in palliative care services

    20 October 2017

    Royal Flying Doctor Service doctors, nurses and pilots are embarking on a new Dying to Talk in the Bush project to support people living in rural and remote areas to discuss their end-of-life wishes and map gaps in palliative care access.

  2. Royal Flying Doctor Service highlights sorry state of palliative care access in remote areas

    20 October 2017

    “Not everyone is lucky enough to live somewhere, where – by good fortune – a palliative care expert has decided to locate themselves”. Read the full speech given by Royal Flying Doctor Service CEO, Martin Laverty, at the launch of the Dying to Talk in the Bush project.

  3. India’s father of palliative care gently shakes Australia with his insights and wisdom

    13 October 2017

    The man the New York Times describes as “the father of palliative care in India”, Dr MR Rajagopal, has arrived in Australia on a national speaking tour. He is attending screenings of a documentary about his work; Hippocratic – 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World.

  4. Man on a mission to reduce unnecessary suffering

    5 October 2017

    Dr MR Rajagopal has successfully fought draconian laws in order to prevent large numbers of people suffering from severe pain. The Indian doctor is an outspoken critic of the modern medical industry and an inspiring global health leader. His story is told through an uplifting Australian documentary that premieres next week; ‘Hippocratic – 18 experiments in gently shaking the world’.

  5. Kelly Arthurs is dying to talk

    5 October 2017

    Sydney-based HammondCare clinical nurse consultant, Kelly Arthurs, provides palliative care education in residential care settings. She answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  6. ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’ celebrates the good in goodbye

    3 October 2017

    There is a story behind the colourful titles that Kellie Curtain has given each chapter of her book, ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’. Each is named after a shade of her mother Pamela’s lipstick – ‘She wore Fuchsia Shock, ‘She wore Passionata Pink’, ‘She wore Raisin Pearl’, and the up-beat list goes on.

  7. ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’ –  Palliative Matters readers treated to excerpts from the book.

    3 October 2017

    The author of ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’, Kellie Curtain, has chosen the following excerpts for Palliative Matters readers to enjoy. She hopes the book will encourage others to have ordinary but precious conversations with their loved ones about death and dying.

  8. Music therapy’s magic moments; reconnecting patients with emotions and memories

    27 September 2017

    John Hedigan says people sometimes don’t know what to expect when they see a “dude with a guitar in a hospital”. The senior music therapist at the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre explains music therapy and its therapeutic benefit for palliative care patients and their families.

  9. New tool to support urgent palliative care needs being met first

    21 September 2017

    When resources are limited and patients are many, how do palliative care doctors decide who most urgently needs their attention? That is a question with no standard, evidence-based answer, which has inspired a Melbourne doctor to develop a new triage tool to make access more fair and equitable internationally.

  10. Michelle Hooke is dying to talk using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter

    18 September 2017

    Michelle Hooke is an Aboriginal woman who, as a registered nurse, has specialised in palliative care since 2002. She has worked as a palliative care nurse consultant and nurse unit manager in inpatient, community and acute settings. Michelle answers questions from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter.

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