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

  1. Soul shines through in photos of residents with dementia

    11 December 2015

    A poignant photographic exhibition of residents who have dementia is adding life and soul to the walls of a residential aged care facility in Victoria.

  2. Of love and loss without palliative care

    8 December 2015

    When Mary Brennan’s young son died of bone cancer back in the early 1970s, palliative care was unheard of. More than 40 years later, she reflects on the experience, and her elder son’s decision to work in palliative care.

  3. Expert opinion: the euthanasia debate

    8 December 2015

    Dr Mary Brooksbank has watched many people die peaceful deaths which could easily have been traumatic and painful, including her father. She offer her thoughts on the euthanasia debate.

  4. 10 minutes with Mike Kennedy

    4 December 2015

    Back in the early 1980s, when stigma and fear clouded HIV and AIDS, Mike Kennedy volunteered to care for an infected man who wanted to die in his own home. Mr Kennedy didn’t realise it at the time, but he was participating in a land-mark community-based palliative care service. On the eve of International Volunteer Day, his experience offers valuable lessons still.

  5. New palliative care uni courses focus on mental health

    2 December 2015

    Healthcare workers across Australia have the opportunity to further their palliative care training with new courses focussing on mental health being offered through Charles Sturt University next year. The training aims to build the skills and knowledge required to address psychological issues that impact people with advanced chronic or terminal illness, and their care givers.

  6. Bold new proposal tackles palliative care’s core challenges

    2 December 2015

    Palliative Care Australia has proposed an ambitious new approach to overcoming the gaps and cost-shifting between different levels of government which detract from the delivery of palliative care nationally.

  7. Community palliative care nurse highlights value of mentors

    27 November 2015

    As the care manager of a 120-bed aged care facility, Karin Woods, knows a great deal about palliative care. But when she was given the opportunity to have a specialist palliative care nurse mentor her staff for two weeks, she jumped at it. The experience proved so worthwhile, she wishes it was ongoing, and that a similar system could be set up to support aged care staff across the country.

  8. 10 minutes with Tatiana Slezak

    23 November 2015

    Bilingual educator Tatiana Slezak ran education sessions about palliative care for people whose first language is Polish. She explains how culture can impact perceptions of palliative care and what helps people from non-English speaking backgrounds to learn about it.

  9. Dying at home a more likely option for people living in Perth

    11 November 2015

    It’s a sad statistic many readers will know well. Across Australia, only 14% of people die at home, though many more would like to. But there is a significant exception to the rule and it occurs in Perth. Silver Chain’s David Larmour explains why.

  10. Euthanasia no substitute for palliative care

    10 November 2015

    Associate Professor Richard Chye is director of palliative care at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. He is concerned we are too caught up with our ‘right’ to die, while not investing in the system that helps us to live as well as possible before we die.

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