From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
4 July 2016
After the death of her husband Noel, Bernadette Gallagher started working as a volunteer to support patients receiving palliative care and their families. Recently awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), she gives a moving insight into the impact Noel’s death had on their four young children, and how that experience equipped her to support others.
29 June 2016
Worldwide, more than one-third of elderly patients receive invasive and potentially harmful hospital treatment during their last six months of life, potentially preventing a comfortable death and prolonging suffering rather than survival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care
- One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die
- Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy
- The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story
- Vicarious trauma: a young nurse shares her experience