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