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

  1. Royal Flying Doctor Service highlights sorry state of palliative care access in remote areas

    20 October 2017

    “Not everyone is lucky enough to live somewhere, where – by good fortune – a palliative care expert has decided to locate themselves”. Read the full speech given by Royal Flying Doctor Service CEO, Martin Laverty, at the launch of the Dying to Talk in the Bush project.

  2. Having cared for her husband as he was dying, Sarah Winch explains how to do it well

    18 October 2017

    Dr Sarah Winch remembers clearly the day she promised her husband Lincoln that she would write a book. It was a Thursday morning. Two days later he was dead. Lincoln, 48, had kidney cancer, and with his diagnosis came Dr Winch’s new role as his primary carer. During National Carers Week, Dr Winch shares the highs and lows, and lessons that have stayed with her from that time.

  3. India’s father of palliative care gently shakes Australia with his insights and wisdom

    13 October 2017

    The man the New York Times describes as “the father of palliative care in India”, Dr MR Rajagopal, has arrived in Australia on a national speaking tour. He is attending screenings of a documentary about his work; Hippocratic – 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World.

  4. Bereaved volunteers support others experiencing grief through new national support line

    11 October 2017

    The Compassionate Friends has launched a new national support line for people grieving the death of a loved one, giving them the opportunity to speak with someone who can genuinely relate. The trained volunteers manning the free-call number are all bereaved parents, siblings or grandparents.

  5. Man on a mission to reduce unnecessary suffering

    5 October 2017

    Dr MR Rajagopal has successfully fought draconian laws in order to prevent large numbers of people suffering from severe pain. The Indian doctor is an outspoken critic of the modern medical industry and an inspiring global health leader. His story is told through an uplifting Australian documentary that premieres next week; ‘Hippocratic – 18 experiments in gently shaking the world’.

  6. Kelly Arthurs is dying to talk

    5 October 2017

    Sydney-based HammondCare clinical nurse consultant, Kelly Arthurs, provides palliative care education in residential care settings. She answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  7. ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’ celebrates the good in goodbye

    3 October 2017

    There is a story behind the colourful titles that Kellie Curtain has given each chapter of her book, ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’. Each is named after a shade of her mother Pamela’s lipstick – ‘She wore Fuchsia Shock, ‘She wore Passionata Pink’, ‘She wore Raisin Pearl’, and the up-beat list goes on.

  8. ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’ –  Palliative Matters readers treated to excerpts from the book.

    3 October 2017

    The author of ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’, Kellie Curtain, has chosen the following excerpts for Palliative Matters readers to enjoy. She hopes the book will encourage others to have ordinary but precious conversations with their loved ones about death and dying.

  9. Music therapy’s magic moments; reconnecting patients with emotions and memories

    27 September 2017

    John Hedigan says people sometimes don’t know what to expect when they see a “dude with a guitar in a hospital”. The senior music therapist at the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre explains music therapy and its therapeutic benefit for palliative care patients and their families.

  10. Checklist provides another inspired step forward for palliative care in residential aged care

    26 September 2017

    A simple, easy-to-use checklist for palliative care needs rounds can help improve the quality of life and death for nursing home residents internationally according to an Australian study published in the BMJ.

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