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

  1. Use of palliative care services doubles over the past decade

    20 October 2015

    Palliative care-related hospitalisations have increased by more than 50% in the past decade, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s most recent national data on deaths, released today.

  2. New plan to get people with dementia to start planning earlier

    20 October 2015

    A new national research project will measure whether geriatricians can increase rates of advance care planning among people with dementia, soon after their diagnosis.

  3. New research highlights benefits of music therapy

    19 October 2015

    Recent Queensland research has provided new evidence that music therapy can significantly reduce perceptions of pain in children with life-limiting conditions.

  4. Australian grant winners focus on patients with secondary breast cancer

    14 October 2015

    Australian women with a life limiting breast cancer diagnosis will be better supported to understand and access palliative care, thanks to an international grant which will be used to develop a new toolkit.

  5. Much joy to be found on life’s bumpy road

    14 October 2015

    A new film, Joseph’s Story, illustrates how palliative care has enabled seven-year-old Joseph Stewart and his family to live well, despite his life-threatening condition.

  6. New medication list for GPs supporting people who wish to die at home

    13 October 2015

    General practitioners wishing to achieve optimum symptom control for terminally ill patients who choose to die at home can access a new medication list to assist their decision making.

  7. Mother of five uses her experience to help others

    24 September 2015

    After losing two of her five children within five years, Justine Betteridge has decided to use her experience to help others and is now volunteering as part of HammondCare’s Palliative Care Home Support team.

  8. Little Stars to raise awareness of paediatric palliative care

    4 September 2015

    A new DVD capturing life-affirming stories about paediatric palliative care is available free to people wishing to raise awareness.

  9. Break the taboo and start talking about death, dying and bereavement

    4 September 2015

    People working in the palliative care sector have been challenged to go out to their communities and talk about death, dying and bereavement in order to break down barriers to palliative care.

  10. Simple list improves community access to palliative medicines

    4 September 2015

    Results from a project encouraging SA community pharmacists to stock five core palliative medicines were presented for the first time today at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne.

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