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

  1. Music therapy’s magic moments; reconnecting patients with emotions and memories

    27 September 2017

    John Hedigan says people sometimes don’t know what to expect when they see a “dude with a guitar in a hospital”. The senior music therapist at the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre explains music therapy and its therapeutic benefit for palliative care patients and their families.

  2. Checklist provides another inspired step forward for palliative care in residential aged care

    26 September 2017

    A simple, easy-to-use checklist for palliative care needs rounds can help improve the quality of life and death for nursing home residents internationally according to an Australian study published in the BMJ.

  3. Learn, connect and collaborate at next month’s Palliative Care Research Colloquium

    22 September 2017

    The Centre for Palliative Care is encouraging doctors, registered nurses and allied healthcare professionals who care for patients with advanced disease to attend the 5th Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium in Melbourne next month.

  4. New tool to support urgent palliative care needs being met first

    21 September 2017

    When resources are limited and patients are many, how do palliative care doctors decide who most urgently needs their attention? That is a question with no standard, evidence-based answer, which has inspired a Melbourne doctor to develop a new triage tool to make access more fair and equitable internationally.

  5. Michelle Hooke is dying to talk using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter

    18 September 2017

    Michelle Hooke is an Aboriginal woman who, as a registered nurse, has specialised in palliative care since 2002. She has worked as a palliative care nurse consultant and nurse unit manager in inpatient, community and acute settings. Michelle answers questions from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter.

  6. Seven extraordinary performers in palliative care acknowledged with national awards

    9 September 2017

    Winners of Palliative Care Australia’s highly esteemed national awards were announced last night at the 2017 National Palliative Care Conference gala dinner in Adelaide.

  7. Palliative care experts discuss implications of voluntary assisted dying

    8 September 2017

    The practical implications that voluntary assisted dying would have for palliative care were discussed by an expert panel at the National Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide. Facilitator Dr Karin Myhill emphasised that the panel discussion […]

  8. From cop outs to dirt naps – panel discusses fallout from our reluctance to discuss death

    7 September 2017

    The fallout that can occur when people don’t talk about death, or their wishes for end-of-life care, made for a lively panel discussion at the Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide.

  9. Palliative care expert supporting paramedics to deliver better patient outcomes

    30 August 2017

    NSW Ambulance is drawing on palliative care expertise as it strives to deliver emergency responses that are consistent with patients’ existing medical treatment and wishes for end-of-life care.

  10. Dress made of tea bags wins Palliative Care Australia art competition

    30 August 2017

    A dress crafted from tea bags used by grieving families has been judged the overall winner of Palliative Care Australia’s art prize, announced today. The work, titled ‘Dying For A Cuppa’ was made by Karen Benjamin who works at a funeral home, where she makes a lot of cups of tea for people who are planning a funeral or grieving the death of a loved one.

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