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

  1. Recipe: Watermelon, lime and mint foam

    5 April 2017

    HammondCare’s executive chef, Peter Morgan-Jones, shares his recipe for watermelon, lime and mint foam, which is suitable for people on smooth, pureed diets and those who can eat thickened fluids.

  2. Recipe: Yoghurt cubes

    5 April 2017

    HammondCare’s executive chef, Peter Morgan-Jones, shares his recipe for yoghurt cubes, which can be eaten by hand and are suitable for people on regular, soft, minced and pureed diets.

  3. Films capture the experience of caring for someone who is terminally ill

    31 March 2017

    An organisation focussed on the wellbeing of people who care for someone at the end of their life has launched three short films to shed light on this experience.

  4. New resources help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people talk about end-of-life care

    28 March 2017

    Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, today launched new resources designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people discuss end-of-life care wishes with their families or health care teams.

  5. Second chance to learn about death and dying through free online course

    27 March 2017

    Enrolments open today for a free, web-based course that allows people of all ages to learn about death and dying, and engage in supportive discussion. Dying2Learn is the second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to be offered by online palliative care resource CareSearch.

  6. Handover bag concept offered nationally as sensitive way to return possessions

    24 March 2017

    Whether someone dies in a hospital, hospice or residential aged care facility, it’s not unusual for their possessions to be passed back to their family in a plastic garbage bag. An End of Life Care Committee in Queensland has developed a more sensitive and respectful approach, which it hopes will be adopted nationally.

  7. Community’s exceptional care for dying mother inspires charity to ensure others receive the same

    21 March 2017

    Everyone who dies an expected death deserves exceptional support from their local community. That’s the philosophy underpinning It Takes a Village – a charity working to create compassionate communities in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.

  8. New resource explains what palliative care offers before misperceptions get in the way

    21 March 2017

    For some people, the term ‘palliative care’ inspires gratitude and relief. For others, it inspires fear, particularly if they mistakenly believe that it signals giving up, can’t be received in conjunction with treatment, or is only for people who are about to die. That great challenge is tackled head on by a new online resource, which provides information for people with metastatic breast cancer by focussing first on their needs.

  9. Palliative care nurse recognised for excellence in Aboriginal health

    16 March 2017

    Palliative care nurse Charlotte Coulson is one of 33 nurses and midwives to be chosen as a finalist for the 2017 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, to be announced in May. Of the five years she worked in the Kimberley, three focused on improving palliative care access for Aboriginal people with end-stage kidney disease.

  10. From music into silence; new documentary celebrates Peter Roberts’ courage and heart

    15 March 2017

    Thousands of people nearing death have found peace in the sounds and silences created by Peter Roberts and his harp. His inspiring transformation from furniture retailer to music thanatologist has been captured in a feature-length documentary, to be released later this year.

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