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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy

    3 August 2016

    The national Life in Death art competition closes at the end of next week, so it’s time to meet one of the judges. Flutter Lyon explains how her Ink-Pressings have captured the life stories of people receiving palliative care and their therapeutic effect. She also reveals her philosophy as a judge and what she will be looking for in a winning piece.

  4. New book captures personal experiences of palliative care

    1 August 2016

    The experiences of 10 people who cared for family members receiving palliative care are documented in a new book of personal stories.

  5. The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story

    1 August 2016

    Kylie’s husband Bernard was diagnosed with cancer at 19 and given the all clear after treatment. After the cancer reappeared Kylie cared for Bernard, supporting his wish to die at home.

  6. It was a privilege to care for my brother: Nola’s story

    1 August 2016

    Nola’s loving, support and care meant her brother Pete could die peacefully at home. She had a lovely chat with him on the morning he died. “I told him to say ‘Hi’ to mum and dad. It was very special to have that moment with him. He was very peaceful.”

  7. Engage communities and train carers to provide end-of-life care: UK expert

    28 July 2016

    While hospices will continue to have a role to play in caring for people with severe symptoms in the UK, there is a growing need for the community to participate more in end-of-life care, according to a leading palliative care expert.

  8. Training communities to be compassionate and contribute: how an expert from Spain is making it happen

    27 July 2016

    Spanish palliative care physician Dr Emilio Herrera is a keynote speaker at Palliative Care Victoria’s conference this week. He gives Palliative Matters an early insight into how he is reinvigorating communities’ capacity for caring at the end of life.

  9. New website makes complex end-of-life medical laws easier to navigate

    21 July 2016

    A new website is helping patients, families and health professionals to find and understand laws that underpin medical decision-making at the end of life.

  10. Stressful, challenging and deeply rewarding: supporting my loved ones to die at home

    18 July 2016

    Retired enrolled nurse, Pat, cared for her husband Don as he died of cancer at home surrounded by family. Little did she know that she would also nurse her second husband Bill when he sadly died of cancer too.

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