From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
12 May 2017
Sam Hurst may have lived a few extra weeks had he opted for more chemotherapy. Instead, the 17-year-old declined treatment and made the most of his remaining months. In the lead-up to National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May) his mother Lorna generously shares his story, celebrating Sam’s short but vibrant life and the factors that contributed to him dying a good death.
9 May 2017
For some bereaved mothers, the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day are even more difficult than the day itself. Social workers Elham Day from Hummingbird House and Liz Arnott from Bear Cottage suggest planning in advance for Sunday 14 May.
28 April 2017
Maggie Beer visited regional towns in northern NSW recently to promote the use of fresh food within residential aged care homes.
26 April 2017
Today Meaningful Ageing Australia launched a screening tool designed to better equip staff and volunteers to discuss the spiritual needs of elderly people.
21 April 2017
WA social worker Zoe Mitchell won Palliative Care Australia’s inaugural ‘Emerging Leader’ prize in 2015 for her untiring patient advocacy and commitment to palliative care. She would not want to waste time and energy on futile treatments and investigations at the end of life. But she would want kisses from her crazy little puppy.
21 April 2017
Palliative care needs to be an integral part of humanitarian disaster responses, according to eight international experts who have raised the issue in a prestigious medical journal this week.
20 April 2017
There is a tragic experience that Dr John Endacott and his father both lived through as young children, a generation apart: the death of a parent. Dr Endacott, now a geriatrician, is a firm believer in death offering great opportunities for meaningful connection – which should be celebrated.
12 April 2017
Christopher McGowan has been CEO of Silver Chain Group for 10 years. Having the opportunity to die at home with his daughters caring for him, in the same place where he cared for them, is important to him.
- 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