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

  1. Bedside Stories – Learning to Listen

    7 February 2018

    As a physician and clinical educator, Dr Terry Hannan believes the art of ‘listening to the patient’ is virtually lost in modern medicine. In Dr Terry Hannan’s latest book, Bedtime Stories, he writes a collection of patient journeys highlighting the depths that can occur during the distress of people with a life limiting illness.

  2. Townsville Palliative Care Service Hosts Sixth Year Medical Students

    5 February 2018

    Many medical students graduate from universities across Australia with no or limited exposure to palliative care. In response to this, Townsville Palliative Care Service recently introduced an opportunity for medical students to increase their exposure to palliative medicine.

  3. Calvary Launch Virtual Research Institute

    7 December 2017

    A new virtual research institute is bringing together four specialist palliative care units to further research to address the main priorities in palliative and end-of-life care.

  4. A Story About Stage Four Lung Cancer

    6 December 2017

    My husband Jay was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in March 2011 and was given less than a year to live. He was 39 and had no obvious risk factors for developing the disease. We had an eight year old daughter and I was pregnant with our second child when he was diagnosed. He survived the disease for over 6 years passing away in May 2017.

  5. Year 12 Student Continues Traditions At The Mary Potter Foundation

    4 December 2017

    Caring for people at the end of their lives is an honour and passion for the workers and volunteers at the Mary Potter Foundation. Pembroke School year 12 student, Luisa Wigg, not only shares these values, but dedicated her time to ensure traditions of the foundation are continued.

  6. AHHA Palliative Care Online Training Portal Relaunched

    14 November 2017

    In order to help support and benefit the ageing, The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) have re-launched their Palliative Care Online Training Portal aimed at helping aged and community care workers, carers, volunteers, family members and health professionals who provide palliative care to people in the community.

  7. New training in assessing and addressing palliative care and advance care planning needs

    27 October 2017

    HammondCare is leading a new $2M project which aims to leave clinicians better equipped to initiate conversations about advance care planning and screen for palliative care needs. The project will target GPs, nurses and allied health staff working with older people and younger adults with chronic and debilitating illnesses, providing online learning resources, tele-mentoring and provide face-to-face training.

  8. Tina Pidcock is dying to talk using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter

    26 October 2017

    Tina Pidcock is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Bundjalung Nation. Her passion has always been working to improve health outcomes for her people and now this has been extended to palliative care.

  9. When a death leaves love nowhere to land

    26 October 2017

    Bereaved mother Su-Rose McIntyre says grief doesn’t occur in a neat sequence of events or experiences; rather, it’s like Melbourne’s weather – all over the place.

  10. Royal Flying Doctor Service is dying to talk in the bush and map gaps in palliative care services

    20 October 2017

    Royal Flying Doctor Service doctors, nurses and pilots are embarking on a new Dying to Talk in the Bush project to support people living in rural and remote areas to discuss their end-of-life wishes and map gaps in palliative care access.

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