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

  1. Is there such a thing as Person Centred Care?

    17 May 2018

    Molly Carlile AM is a multi-award winning death and grief specialist, palliative care activist, author and is the CEO of Palliative Care South East in Victoria. Read her special column about ‘what matters most?’ to celebrate National Palliative Care Week.

  2. Remembering mum on Mother’s Day

    12 May 2018

    Not all of us will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day in the way we wish we could. Some people will experience the day without their mum or child for the first time and others will struggle through the day like they have for many years. While the day will bring different emotions for each individual, it is important to grieve your loss and take the time to cherish the memories.

  3. PCA celebrates International Nurses Day 2018

    11 May 2018

    International Nurses Day (Saturday 12 May) recognises the vital role nurses play in the delivery of high quality care to all patients and their families. The theme for this year, ‘Nurses a voice to lead – health is a human right’, empowers nurses to lead by example to influence health policy, planning, and provision. Palliative Matters sat down with Kate to discuss her career and the importance of recognising and celebrating International Nurses Day.

  4. Palliative care funding needs reform

    2 May 2018

    The debate about assisted dying in Victoria at the end of 2017 heightened interest in palliative care with opponents of assisted dying arguing for improvements in palliative care as the alternative. Many submissions to the Legislative Council inquiry into end-of-life care recounted stories of inadequate palliative care – of failures of access, failures of implementation, failures of knowledge about what can or should be done to relieve pain or distress, and failures of treatment.

  5. Difficult decisions: voices and choices for young people at end-of-life

    23 April 2018

    Doctor Ursula Sansom-Daly from the University of New South Wales was recently awarded a research grant from the HCF Research Foundation to focus on improving end-of-life outcomes for young people at end-of-life.

  6. A mother’s journey with a silver lining

    6 April 2018

    Grief is a feeling you don’t get over or recover from. You learn to live with it and adjust to a new reality. For this inspiring mum, the grief of losing her daughter fuelled her desire to help other families in the toughest situations of their life.

  7. Be In Charge Of Your End-Of-Life Care Wishes

    26 March 2018

    Prognosis can be a complex component of patient care for doctors and nurses, alongside the difficult task of discussing this with people with a life-limiting illness. With so many factors to consider for such a […]

  8. Bedside Stories – Learning to Listen

    7 February 2018

    As a physician and clinical educator, Dr Terry Hannan believes the art of ‘listening to the patient’ is virtually lost in modern medicine. In Dr Terry Hannan’s latest book, Bedtime Stories, he writes a collection of patient journeys highlighting the depths that can occur during the distress of people with a life limiting illness.

  9. Townsville Palliative Care Service Hosts Sixth Year Medical Students

    5 February 2018

    Many medical students graduate from universities across Australia with no or limited exposure to palliative care. In response to this, Townsville Palliative Care Service recently introduced an opportunity for medical students to increase their exposure to palliative medicine.

  10. Calvary Launch Virtual Research Institute

    7 December 2017

    A new virtual research institute is bringing together four specialist palliative care units to further research to address the main priorities in palliative and end-of-life care.

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