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

  1. Long-term value for all in accepting offers of help

    7 September 2016

    The deep bonds that are formed between carers and those supporting them can last for years into bereavement. So is important for carers to accept all offers of help, even when they think they don’t need it, according to renowned expert in building compassionate communities, Dr Julian Abel.

  2. Palliative care doctor shares highlights of working in Broken Hill

    6 September 2016

    Meet Dr Sarah Wenham, a specialist palliative care physician based in Broken Hill, NSW. She serves 32,000 people across a 195,000 km² district, which shares borders with Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. Dr Wenham is a keynote speaker at this month’s Palliative Care NSW’s ‘Transforming Our Landscape’ conference.

  3. Treading lightly in death: natural burials enriching on many levels

    2 September 2016

    Arun Ramchand hears first-hand the many reasons people opt for natural burials within a cemetery. Recently, one story stood out. The community engagement consultant with Adelaide Cemeteries Authority was touched to hear a widow explain why her husband wanted to be buried in the bush, without a headstone.

  4. Molly Carlile AM is dying to talk

    29 August 2016

    Molly Carlile AM stars as one of the keynote speakers at next month’s Palliative Care NSW conference in Broken Hill. Widely known as The Deathtalker®, Molly is an author, commentator and ambassador for Dying to Know Day. She explains what would be important at the end of life, if she had a condition she could not recover from.

  5. Study highlights value in aged care residents having access to specialist palliative care

    26 August 2016

    Providing proactive specialist palliative care in residential aged care facilities has shown significant benefits in an Australian pilot study which has achieved international interest.

  6. 10 minutes with Nicolette Powell

    26 August 2016

    Relieving her uncle’s symptoms with massage in the lead-up to his death helped Nicolette Powell realise her true calling. Now an enthusiastic palliative care massage therapist, she shares some of the challenges and great rewards she has experienced along the way.

  7. Video builds carer confidence in giving injectable medications

    23 August 2016

    A new video is boosting the confidence of carers who need to draw up and administer injectable medications at home. The video was designed for carers looking after someone at the end of life who may need to administer medication to control symptoms such as pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety or terminal restlessness.

  8. Terminally ill offer personal insights on living, dying and dreams

    17 August 2016

    Two years after her mother’s death at home, visual artist Pippa Wischer embarked on an ambitious project; capturing the thoughts and dreams of 40 people who were terminally ill. Today, an exhibition of her poignant work is being officially opened by the Victorian Health Minister at Parliament House in Melbourne.

  9. DVD offers practical tips and instruction for carers

    9 August 2016

    How frequently do you need to move someone to prevent pressure sores? How can you wash hair in bed? How do you safely push someone in a wheelchair down a ramp? Many new questions tend to arise when you’re caring for someone at the end of life. Fortunately, there is also a free DVD that answers them.

  10. An end-of-life companion: how one volunteer added quality of life right to the end

    4 August 2016

    When Sandra Mugavin, 63, retired from nursing in October last year, she knew she wanted to keep using her skills and be of value to her community. Working as a volunteer for Warrnambool & District Community Hospice, supporting people who want to die at home and their families, has proven just the opportunity she was looking for.

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