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

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  1. 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. The five-week course, which starts on 3 April, will have the same content as the Dying2Learn MOOC offered in the middle of last year.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. From music into silence; new documentary celebrates Peter Roberts’ courage and heart

    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.

  5. Russell Armstrong is dying to talk

    14 March 2017

    Spiritual care worker Russell Armstrong has spent much of his professional life helping others to process the unwelcome reality of their dying. He answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  6. Dr Philip Lee is dying to talk

    24 February 2017

    Cycling through the Pyrenees Mountains in France is on the bucket list of things Dr Philip Lee wants to achieve before he dies. The palliative care specialist was recently awarded Citizen of the Year in Parramatta.

  7. Clothes fit to be buried in; Pia creates garments for the grave

    24 February 2017

    Dr Pia Interlandi (PhD) creates biodegradable shrouds for people to be buried in. She also helps families to design and perform meaningful rituals and ceremonies for loved ones who have died.

  8. Amy Sagar is dying to talk

    17 February 2017

    Funeral director Amy Sagar (nee Porter) joined the funeral industry when she was 16 years old. Now 25, she works for Tender Funerals, one of Australia’s first not-for-profit, community-based funeral services, based in Port Kembla, NSW.

  9. From little things, big things grow; how moving stories sprouted from salvaged seedlings

    16 February 2017

    An inspired effort to save tree seedlings gives palliative care patients a sense of purpose while in hospital.

  10. Accompanying my mother through the process of dying as her carer, confidant and friend

    9 February 2017

    While caring for her mother as she was dying, Shannon Calvert discovered strength she didn’t realise she had.


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