From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
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.
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.
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.
- 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