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

  1. Professor Yates reflects on time as President of Palliative Care Australia

    16 January 2017

    Professor Patsy Yates has finished a four-year term as president of the Palliative Care Australia Board, but will continue in her role as a Board member. She reflects on the highlights of her time in office and her hopes for what the peak body can achieve in the future.

  2. Learn to use touch in caring and strengthen your relationship

    21 December 2016

    An online program which teaches carers how to use touch to support friends or family with life-limiting illness has potential to enhance relationships, according to the US caregiving expert who designed it.

  3. How to write a loved one’s life story; the ultimate gift

    19 December 2016

    Celebrate a loved one’s life by writing up their life story. You’ll remind them of all they have achieved and leave a legacy for future generations.

  4. Making meaningful rituals to celebrate the loved ones you miss

    15 December 2016

    Heading into the holiday season, now is a good time to consider what meaningful rituals can be embedded into celebrations so that the memory of our deceased loved ones remains alive in our hearts and minds.

  5. WA prison staff keen to improve palliative care knowledge

    15 December 2016

    This month, nursing staff working in WA prisons will simultaneously pick up the phone to improve their knowledge of complex symptom management at the end of life. Last month, 12 of their GP colleagues each made a similarly important phone call, enhancing their skills with insights from a palliative care doctor with 20 years’ experience.

  6. Catch an early-bird registration and learn how to build a compassionate community

    7 December 2016

    People inspired to learn how their communities can support people at the end of life are encouraged to register this week for the Compassionate Communities Symposium in order to take advantage of early-bird rates.

  7. Treating troubled family dynamics reduces complicated grief

    6 December 2016

    People from unsupportive families that don’t function well are more at risk of developing a range of complicated grief and depressive disorders following the death of a loved one, according to a leading Australian psychiatrist.

  8. Spiritual care at the end of life; how to reduce distress as we face dying

    6 December 2016

    How does spiritual care differ from pastoral care and what issues tend to distress us in our dying days? Palliative Matters asks Andrew Allsop, the psychosocial and spiritual service support manager for Silver Chain and a Palliative Care Australia Board member.

  9. Making a dying parent’s life as good as possible; experiences of a teenage carer

    24 November 2016

    As a teenager Kathryn Dwan devoted six months of her life to caring for her father as he died of AIDS following a blood transfusion in the 1980s. She shares the impact that caring had on her, as a teenager and later as an adult, and how her simple acts of love contributed to her father’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

  10. Patients help actors to bring cancer stories to the stage

    23 November 2016

    At Daffodil Cottage in Bathurst, NSW, cancer patients and their carers are generously telling their stories. Listening and learning are amateur actors, inspired by the challenge of bringing the real-life-experiences authentically to the stage.

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