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

  1. Dr Lynn Weekes is dying to talk

    27 June 2016

    Dr Lynn Weekes AM is CEO of NPS MedicineWise. At the end of life, she hopes to enjoy an eclectic mix of music and have enough energy to sing along, albeit badly.

  2. Free online end-of-life education targets hospital staff

    24 June 2016

    Today, Flinders University is launching three free online learning modules which cover managing end-of-life issues in hospitals, recognising dying, and communication and decision-making.

  3. Fresh insight into why doctors sometimes provide futile treatment

    24 June 2016

    Terminally ill patients wanting to avoid futile medical treatment which increases or prolongs their suffering may achieve better outcomes if they actively encourage doctors to discuss their prognosis, according to a leading Brisbane-based researcher.

  4. First national guidelines for spiritual care in aged care

    9 June 2016

    In order to live well we need to care for the spirit, as well as the body and mind, at all stages of life. The first national guidelines for spiritual care in aged care will be released this month, assisting organisations that provide aged care to incorporate spiritual care into routine care and services.

  5. Sue Collins is dying to talk

    8 June 2016

    Documentary filmmaker Sue Collins was deeply moved to meet a mother living with cystic fibrosis, who had to come to terms with not being part of her teenage son’s future.

  6. New course on death, dying and palliative care

    7 June 2016

    The first massive open online course on death, dying and palliative care starts at the end of this month and it is open to anyone aged 18-100 who has a computer.

  7. GP tackles her fear of death

    6 June 2016

    Melbourne GP and writer, Dr Leah Kaminsky, kicks off her latest book with frank acknowledgement that she has always had a profound fear of death.

  8. Dr Ranjana Srivastava is dying to talk

    2 June 2016

    Through her role as a medical oncologist Dr Ranjana Srivastava is reminded each day that life can change very quickly. She gives an insight into her end-of-life wishes, which include having the strength to bear her condition with dignity and leave behind contended carers.

  9. 10 minutes with Laura Chahda

    1 June 2016

    Speech pathologist Laura Chahda recalls the rewards of supporting a woman who had motor neurone disease so she could keep communicating with her family as her symptoms progressed. Laura says many people don’t realise that speech pathologists are also swallowing specialists. Their work can help prevent choking and aspiration pneumonia, and improve hydration, nutrition and quality of life.

  10. Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care

    30 May 2016

    Prison populations used to be dominated by young, fit, aggressive people. That history has left them poorly placed to deliver palliative care to a new, rapidly increasing population of elderly prisoners with complex chronic disease. Public health and corrections policy expert, Chris Puplick AM, highlights the scale of the problem and suggests secure aged-care facilities are required.

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