From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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