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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. Handover bag concept offered nationally as sensitive way to return possessions

    24 March 2017

    Whether someone dies in a hospital, hospice or residential aged care facility, it’s not unusual for their possessions to be passed back to their family in a plastic garbage bag. An End of Life Care Committee in Queensland has developed a more sensitive and respectful approach, which it hopes will be adopted nationally.

  3. 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.

  4. Supporting parents after the death of a baby, as they grieve a myriad of lost wishes

    6 March 2017

    Fiona Hawthorne explains how she came to head Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice, and gives tips on how to support grieving parents.

  5. 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.

  6. Interior designer volunteers to make ward uplifting and homely

    22 February 2017

    Interior design student Shannon Jones is fundraising to revamp the palliative care ward at a Brisbane hospital. She plans to make it a more comfortable and uplifting environment for patients and their families, and staff.

  7. Walking and talking helps bereaved to process grief

    16 February 2017

    For people grieving the loss of a loved one, a simple program that enables them to walk and talk with trained volunteers is making a difference.

  8. 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.

  9. Having baked for royalty and blocked floods, Joe loves his unpaid job

    31 January 2017

    Joe Stanioch has worked as a volunteer at Bear Cottage children’s hospice in Sydney for about 13 years. In that time he has made lamingtons for a royal visit, saved the hospice from flooding and stood in as chief cook.

  10. Meet Palliative Care Australia’s new President, Dr Jane Fischer

    16 January 2017

    Dr Jane Fischer was recently elected as President of the Palliative Care Australia Board. The CEO of Calvary Health Care Bethlehem explains where her passion for palliative care stemmed from and how it became the focus of her career.


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