From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
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.
11 October 2017
The Compassionate Friends has launched a new national support line for people grieving the death of a loved one, giving them the opportunity to speak with someone who can genuinely relate. The trained volunteers manning the free-call number are all bereaved parents, siblings or grandparents.
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 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.
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.
30 August 2017
A dress crafted from tea bags used by grieving families has been judged the overall winner of Palliative Care Australia’s art prize, announced today. The work, titled ‘Dying For A Cuppa’ was made by Karen Benjamin who works at a funeral home, where she makes a lot of cups of tea for people who are planning a funeral or grieving the death of a loved one.
17 August 2017
Vickie Hartland experienced an intense period of grief about 10 years ago, with the death of seven family members over just two years. That is what has inspired her to make personalised bears from jeans that were once worn by people who are now sadly missed.
16 August 2017
Dignity Therapy can bring great relief to people who are dying, but it often takes 20 hours to interview, transcribe, edit, review and present one person’s story. Russell Armstrong recognised that the therapy would be cost-prohibitive in Australia without volunteers, so he established a free award-winning service.
- 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