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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 should not be being interpreted as an endorsement of voluntary assisted dying. Rather, its purpose was to consider implications if […]

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Program supports staff to initiate conversations about intimacy

    29 August 2017

    A Sydney palliative care hospital has overcome the hurdle of sex and dying being taboo subjects, running a program to ensure staff are better equipped to initiate conversations about intimacy.

  8. 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.

  9. Personalised bears made from a loved one’s jeans are always ready for a cuddle

    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.

  10. Talking about your life can help the process of accepting death

    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.

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