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

  1. New course on death, dying and palliative care

    7 June 2016

    The first massive open online course on death, dying and palliative care starts at the end of this month and it is open to anyone aged 18-100 who has a computer.

  2. GP tackles her fear of death

    6 June 2016

    Melbourne GP and writer, Dr Leah Kaminsky, kicks off her latest book with frank acknowledgement that she has always had a profound fear of death.

  3. Dr Ranjana Srivastava is dying to talk

    2 June 2016

    Through her role as a medical oncologist Dr Ranjana Srivastava is reminded each day that life can change very quickly. She gives an insight into her end-of-life wishes, which include having the strength to bear her condition with dignity and leave behind contended carers.

  4. 10 minutes with Laura Chahda

    1 June 2016

    Speech pathologist Laura Chahda recalls the rewards of supporting a woman who had motor neurone disease so she could keep communicating with her family as her symptoms progressed. Laura says many people don’t realise that speech pathologists are also swallowing specialists. Their work can help prevent choking and aspiration pneumonia, and improve hydration, nutrition and quality of life.

  5. Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care

    30 May 2016

    Prison populations used to be dominated by young, fit, aggressive people. That history has left them poorly placed to deliver palliative care to a new, rapidly increasing population of elderly prisoners with complex chronic disease. Public health and corrections policy expert, Chris Puplick AM, highlights the scale of the problem and suggests secure aged-care facilities are required.

  6. Maggie Beer is dying to talk

    27 May 2016

    One of Australia’s most loved cooks, Maggie Beer, shares her end-of-life wishes, which include symbolic plantings of her favourite trees.

  7. Death Over Dinner launched in Australia

    27 May 2016

    This week discussing death over dinner got a whole lot easier with the launch of an interactive website that provides a draft invitation, preparation material for guests and conversation ice-breakers for hosts.

  8. Palliative care is for people with chronic disease, not just cancer

    26 May 2016

    A long-term misconception that palliative care is only for cancer patients may be preventing people with non-malignant chronic diseases from receiving the care they need, peak health bodies have warned.

  9. Jean Kittson is dying to talk

    26 May 2016

    Entertainer Jean Kittson answers questions from the new Dying to Talk Discussion Starter, revealing her end-of-life wishes. High on her list is having a palliative care nurse handy to explain what is going to happen.

  10. New step-by-step guide supports discussion of end-of-life wishes

    25 May 2016

    Today Health Minister Sussan Ley launched a new guide which will support people to discuss death, dying and their end-of-life wishes.

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