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

  1. Interior designer volunteers to make ward uplifting and homely

    22 February 2017

    Interior design student Shannon Jones is fundraising to revamp the palliative care ward at a Brisbane hospital. She plans to make it a more comfortable and uplifting environment for patients and their families, and staff.

  2. Amy Sagar is dying to talk

    17 February 2017

    Funeral director Amy Sagar (nee Porter) joined the funeral industry when she was 16 years old. Now 25, she works for Tender Funerals, one of Australia’s first not-for-profit, community-based funeral services, based in Port Kembla, NSW.

  3. Walking and talking helps bereaved to process grief

    16 February 2017

    For people grieving the loss of a loved one, a simple program that enables them to walk and talk with trained volunteers is making a difference.

  4. From little things, big things grow; how moving stories sprouted from salvaged seedlings

    16 February 2017

    An inspired effort to save tree seedlings gives palliative care patients a sense of purpose while in hospital.

  5. Gramping proves a healing form of glamping for bereaved grandparents

    10 February 2017

    Recognising that grandparents are often forgotten mourners when children die, Bear Cottage children’s hospice has started an annual camp which provides much-needed therapeutic support.

  6. Accompanying my mother through the process of dying as her carer, confidant and friend

    9 February 2017

    While caring for her mother as she was dying, Shannon Calvert discovered strength she didn’t realise she had.

  7. Tasmanian program supports people wishing to die at home

    7 February 2017

    When Tasmania’s hospice@HOME project was presented at the most recent International Palliative Care Conference in Montreal, it was introduced as being of global significance.

  8. Honest communication paramount for patients dying expected deaths in hospital

    6 February 2017

    As an end-of-life-care nurse practitioner, Jeanette Lacey often meets patients just hours before they die in hospital. She explains just how much she can do for patients and their families in that limited time.

  9. Having baked for royalty and blocked floods, Joe loves his unpaid job

    31 January 2017

    Joe Stanioch has worked as a volunteer at Bear Cottage children’s hospice in Sydney for about 13 years. In that time he has made lamingtons for a royal visit, saved the hospice from flooding and stood in as chief cook.

  10. Meet Palliative Care Australia’s new President, Dr Jane Fischer

    16 January 2017

    Dr Jane Fischer was recently elected as President of the Palliative Care Australia Board. The CEO of Calvary Health Care Bethlehem explains where her passion for palliative care stemmed from and how it became the focus of her career.

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