From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
2 December 2015
Healthcare workers across Australia have the opportunity to further their palliative care training with new courses focussing on mental health being offered through Charles Sturt University next year. The training aims to build the skills and knowledge required to address psychological issues that impact people with advanced chronic or terminal illness, and their care givers.
2 December 2015
Palliative Care Australia has proposed an ambitious new approach to overcoming the gaps and cost-shifting between different levels of government which detract from the delivery of palliative care nationally.
27 November 2015
As the care manager of a 120-bed aged care facility, Karin Woods, knows a great deal about palliative care. But when she was given the opportunity to have a specialist palliative care nurse mentor her staff for two weeks, she jumped at it. The experience proved so worthwhile, she wishes it was ongoing, and that a similar system could be set up to support aged care staff across the country.
23 November 2015
Bilingual educator Tatiana Slezak ran education sessions about palliative care for people whose first language is Polish. She explains how culture can impact perceptions of palliative care and what helps people from non-English speaking backgrounds to learn about it.
10 November 2015
Associate Professor Richard Chye is director of palliative care at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. He is concerned we are too caught up with our ‘right’ to die, while not investing in the system that helps us to live as well as possible before we die.
9 November 2015
Palliative care nurse Jeanette Liebelt has drafted a list of personal details for anyone caring for her at the end of life, so they will be better able to meet her personal needs and preferences, particularly if she has dementia. What would be on your list?
4 November 2015
Meet Karen Conte, who has learned many things about life during her 30-year palliative care career. She has supported hundreds of people as they were dying, both in hospital and community settings. It has taught her not to sweat the small stuff.
2 November 2015
Nearly 5000 people from 10 culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Victoria have learned about palliative care in the first two years of a community education project that has scope to be replicated elsewhere.
30 October 2015
Meet Bridget, one of the 10 palliative care nurses who answers calls to the 24-hour Decision Assist advisory line. Bridget is a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, who has extensive experience in oncology. She brings 20 years’ experience to the role.
- 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