From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
20 July 2017
Full-time university students have the opportunity to attend this year’s national palliative care conference in Adelaide at a significantly discounted rate.
18 July 2017
As an artist, Margaret Ambridge offers exquisite insights into dying, human frailty, strength and love, all informed by her experiences working in palliative care. In September, her work will be exhibited at the Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide.
28 June 2017
Having spent 11 years working as a volunteer for Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Robin Downs is very clear about who benefits most from her unpaid work. The 76-year-old, who wears bright colours and a cheery demeanour when visiting patients, tried to move away from Melbourne a few years ago. She missed her volunteer work so much that she came back.
27 June 2017
Liese Groot-Alberts is a keynote speaker at this year’s Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide. She became a therapist after the sudden death of her young daughter. While working with internationally renowned psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Liese learned that after a big loss, you can decide to make life a school or a prison.
22 June 2017
“After about two years of inconclusive tests, finally, I was told by a specialist in Sydney that [my husband] had dementia. He said the sooner I accepted the fact the better, that acceptance was a journey, but he didn’t really tell me what dementia is; just that I had to accept it.”
19 June 2017
Colin Wong is the founder of Gathered Here, a website that enables families to compare prices charged by funeral homes. He was motivated to build the website after feeling taken advantage of by funeral directors when arranging his great aunt’s funeral.
13 June 2017
Richenda Rudman wrote a letter to residential aged care staff so they understood who her mother Denise was before dementia. It was a cathartic process which she hopes will remind busy staff of her mother’s humanity.
13 June 2017
As one of the three judges determining the overall winner of Palliative Care Australia’s art competition this year, Anzara Clark is looking for more than technical brilliance, inspired composition and colour mastery.
- 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