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

  1. 10 minutes with Bernadette Gallagher

    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.

  2. One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die

    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.

  3. Master of nurturing the soul, Dr David Brumley achieves OAM

    29 June 2016

    Equipped with communication skills that nurture the soul, Dr David Brumley has an extraordinary ability to make people feel valued. He was recently awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Palliative Matters speaks to his colleagues to explore why he is so widely adored.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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