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

  1. 10 minutes with Bridget from Decision Assist

    30 October 2015

    Meet Bridget, one of the 10 palliative care nurses who answers calls to the 24-hour Decision Assist advisory line. Bridget is a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, who has extensive experience in oncology. She brings 20 years’ experience to the role.

  2. Non-clinical outcomes relevant to value in palliative care

    30 October 2015

    More emphasis needs to be placed on patient priorities and preferred outcomes when it comes to evaluating what represents value across palliative care services, according to a leading health economist and palliative care expert.

  3. 10 minutes with Nikki Johnston

    26 October 2015

    Palliative nurse practitioner Nikki Johnston worries that people with dementia are missing out on specialist palliative care.

  4. Palliative care expert to advise new Severe Behaviour Response Teams

    22 October 2015

    A leading palliative care expert will be among the key advisors to new Severe Behaviour Response Teams, designed to assist with symptom management in aged care residents with dementia who exhibit severe behaviour.

  5. Use of palliative care services doubles over the past decade

    20 October 2015

    Palliative care-related hospitalisations have increased by more than 50% in the past decade, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s most recent national data on deaths, released today.

  6. New plan to get people with dementia to start planning earlier

    20 October 2015

    A new national research project will measure whether geriatricians can increase rates of advance care planning among people with dementia, soon after their diagnosis.

  7. New research highlights benefits of music therapy

    19 October 2015

    Recent Queensland research has provided new evidence that music therapy can significantly reduce perceptions of pain in children with life-limiting conditions.

  8. Australian grant winners focus on patients with secondary breast cancer

    14 October 2015

    Australian women with a life limiting breast cancer diagnosis will be better supported to understand and access palliative care, thanks to an international grant which will be used to develop a new toolkit.

  9. Much joy to be found on life’s bumpy road

    14 October 2015

    A new film, Joseph’s Story, illustrates how palliative care has enabled seven-year-old Joseph Stewart and his family to live well, despite his life-threatening condition.

  10. New medication list for GPs supporting people who wish to die at home

    13 October 2015

    General practitioners wishing to achieve optimum symptom control for terminally ill patients who choose to die at home can access a new medication list to assist their decision making.

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