From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
Distinguishing between sadness and depression at the end of life: a significant challenge tackled by a leader in palliative care
29 August 2017
Early in his palliative care career, Professor Gregory Crawford had a young patient with depression, whose experience affected him deeply. Now a professor of palliative medicine within the discipline of medicine at the University of Adelaide, he gives an insight into how his career unfolded, and the challenges of treating mental health issues at the end of life.
17 August 2017
Vickie Hartland experienced an intense period of grief about 10 years ago, with the death of seven family members over just two years. That is what has inspired her to make personalised bears from jeans that were once worn by people who are now sadly missed.
16 August 2017
Dignity Therapy can bring great relief to people who are dying, but it often takes 20 hours to interview, transcribe, edit, review and present one person’s story. Russell Armstrong recognised that the therapy would be cost-prohibitive in Australia without volunteers, so he established a free award-winning service.
15 August 2017
Rebecca Wessels is the first person to answer questions from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter for Palliative Matters. She has a passion for preserving the language and culture of her Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal heritage.
3 August 2017
A tool developed in Scotland to help identify people who may have unmet palliative care needs is proving a valuable resource in WA, where the Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service plans to roll it out across all of the Perth residential aged care facilities it supports.
2 August 2017
A Primary Health Network has stepped in to improve knowledge of end-of-life care at residential aged care facilities by funding HammondCare to upskill staff.
1 August 2017
It is DonateLife Week – the perfect time to raise the topic of organ donation, remembering that palliative care patients can donate corneas and restore a young person’s sight.
27 July 2017
A hardened cynic might suggest that Dr Alex Jadad is on a hiding to nowhere. Who in their right mind sets out to tackle inequities in order to improve health for everyone across the globe?
- 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