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

  1. Mother of five uses her experience to help others

    24 September 2015

    After losing two of her five children within five years, Justine Betteridge has decided to use her experience to help others and is now volunteering as part of HammondCare’s Palliative Care Home Support team.

  2. Little Stars to raise awareness of paediatric palliative care

    4 September 2015

    A new DVD capturing life-affirming stories about paediatric palliative care is available free to people wishing to raise awareness.

  3. Break the taboo and start talking about death, dying and bereavement

    4 September 2015

    People working in the palliative care sector have been challenged to go out to their communities and talk about death, dying and bereavement in order to break down barriers to palliative care.

  4. Simple list improves community access to palliative medicines

    4 September 2015

    Results from a project encouraging SA community pharmacists to stock five core palliative medicines were presented for the first time today at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne.

  5. Separate terminally ill patients and carers for psychosocial assessments

    3 September 2015

    Kate Swetenham, Service Director of Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, said patients and carers are generally careful to protect one another’s feelings, which can severely inhibit what they say when they are together.

  6. National guidelines needed for palliative care referrals

    3 September 2015

    Leading academic Professor David Currow has called for national guidelines on referral to specialist palliative care services at the 13th Australian Palliative Care conference in Melbourne.

  7. Hidden curriculum erodes medical students’ compassion

    3 September 2015

    Despite a huge emphasis within medical schools on teaching empathy, a hidden curriculum causes students’ compassion to decline over time, according to an Associate Professor of General Practice at The Australian National University Medical School.

  8. Victorian Health Minister announces new end-of-life framework

    2 September 2015

    Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today encouraged clinicians, community members, patients and carers to help shape the future of palliative care in Victoria.

  9. New thinking required on physiotherapy referrals for palliative patients

    2 September 2015

    Too few palliative care patients are being referred for physiotherapy despite its potential to improve their quality of life, according to a physiotherapist speaking today at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne.

  10. From plastering to palliative care – one happy tradie’s big career change

    7 February 2015

    Luke Overton, 52, worked in construction for 30 years before starting a nursing career and heading into palliative care. He explains the rewards he has found, caring for people at the end-of-life within the community.

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