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

  1. The important conversation we are saving for later

    25 May 2016

    New research shows that while 82% of people think it is important to discuss their end-of-life wishes with friends and family, only 28% of people have done so.

  2. 10 minutes with Dr Diane Meier

    2 March 2016

    American geriatrician and palliative care specialist Dr Diane Meier visited Melbourne recently to speak at a free public forum about dying, called ‘Death Happens! So let’s talk about how we die’. Dr Meier is the director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, which works to increase the number and quality of palliative care programs in the US.

  3. Doctors encouraged to proactively manage end-of-life care

    17 February 2016

    General practitioners have been encouraged to take a proactive role in identifying people with advanced chronic conditions that will lead to death and prepare them for end-of-life.

  4. 10 minutes with Anne May

    16 February 2016

    Clinical nurse educator Anne May says abusive behaviour can occur in any palliative care setting. While stress might spark one-off incidents of poor behaviour, chronic abuse is too often dismissed as being part of a grief reaction.

  5. Small velvet hearts made with love and laced with meaning

    11 February 2016

    Over the past five years, Joan Neave has hand crafted nearly 3000 velvet hearts in order to provide comfort to palliative patients and their families.

  6. New film highlights the good living that can occur in lead-up to death

    2 February 2016

    Melbourne students offer profound insights into the opportunity for living that can occur in the lead-up to death, in a film launched today.

  7. 10 minutes with Julianne Whyte

    29 January 2016

    Julianne Whyte is focused on better meeting the emotional needs of people who are living with the prospect of dying. She says too often we focus discussion on practical and clinical issues, at the expense of psychological and existential needs.

  8. Vicarious trauma: a young nurse shares her experience

    28 January 2016

    Having worked as a junior nurse in oncology and been present at many hospital deaths, Christine Hammond felt well-equipped to deliver palliative care in the community. Within two years she was burnt out, struggling with vicarious trauma. She encourages other health professionals to stay in tune with their emotions and seek support when they need it.

  9. Conversations critical in shaping how we live and die

    27 January 2016

    Associate Professor Jennifer Philip tells of a patient who died at home in a chair with a view of her garden. Her grandson remains grateful for the precious time he spent caring for her and for the love and learning that flowed.

  10. Solace in finding somewhere meaningful for ashes

    22 January 2016

    My Nanna would have turned 91, this Sunday. She died last year. While some of her ashes were placed in a crematorium wall alongside my Pa’s, they didn’t all fit in the small space that was allocated. The rest are sitting in my mother’s linen press.

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