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

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  1. 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.

  2. Life after a big loss: school or prison? Meet grief therapist Liese Groot-Alberts

    27 June 2017

    Liese Groot-Alberts is a keynote speaker at this year’s Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide. She became a therapist after the sudden death of her young daughter. While working with internationally renowned psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Liese learned that after a big loss, you can decide to make life a school or a prison.

  3. Colin Wong is dying to talk

    19 June 2017

    Colin Wong is the founder of Gathered Here, a website that enables families to compare prices charged by funeral homes. He was motivated to build the website after feeling taken advantage of by funeral directors when arranging his great aunt’s funeral.

  4. Artistic merit only part of the picture: judge looking for heart and soul

    13 June 2017

    As one of the three judges determining the overall winner of Palliative Care Australia’s art competition this year, Anzara Clark is clear about what she’ll be looking for. It’s something more than technical brilliance, inspired composition or colour mastery. “The first thing I want is for something to jump out of the work and grab […]

  5. Mobile hairdressers, cleaners and counsellors: website offers practical gifts for the bereaved

    8 June 2017

    Thousands of dollars worth of flowers were delivered to Kim Oakhill’s friends when their three-year-old daughter died. An allergy in the family meant that the flowers were relegated to the garage, where they made a mess and died. Watching on, Kim found herself wishing the flower money had provided something more practical to support the family, which inspired a great idea.

  6. Book review – A Matter of Life and Death: 60 voices share their wisdom

    30 May 2017

    ‘A Matter of Life and Death: 60 voices share their wisdom’ is a compilation of reflections and narratives by people from various countries and backgrounds sharing their wisdom and perspectives on death. Yet as the title suggests, the reflections are as much about life, as death.

  7. Art competition to focus on connection with community

    27 May 2017

    “Just do it.” That is Ashley Fiona’s advice to any artist who is tempted to enter Palliative Care Australia’s online art competition, launched today. Ashley, who won the People’s Choice award last year, says she is “stoked and very honoured” to have been selected as a judge, along with last year’s overall winner, Anzara Clark, and artist Margaret Ambridge.

  8. Ten questions help consumers compare how residential aged care services provide palliative care

    25 May 2017

    People looking at aged care options are being encouraged to ask services whether they provide a palliative approach to care and whether they have links with specialist palliative care services.

  9. Consensus on principles for palliative and end-of-life care in residential aged care

    24 May 2017

    New guiding principles on the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care services in residential aged care have been agreed by six influential peak bodies. The principles reflect the need to recognise when an aged-care resident is approaching the end of life, in order to ensure their physical, emotional and spiritual needs are assessed and met.

  10. National health statistics highlight inequitable access to palliative care

    24 May 2017

    Where people live and their socioeconomic status has significant bearing on whether they need to rely on hospitals to receive palliative care, or are able to access it within the community, new national statistics suggest.


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