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

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  1. Wendy Pearse, SCHHS End of Life Care Project Officer, and Elli Pukallus, USC occupational therapy student, discuss their research project.

    Research project to evaluate impact of handover bags: A 10-minute survey

    10 September 2020

    Have you ever wondered what happens to a loved one’s possessions when they die in hospital, hospice or residential aged care facility? Often, their objects are returned to families in any available plastic bag, sometimes […]

  2. Hoping for the best and planning for the rest

    4 June 2020

    It was not Zoe Mitchell’s plan to become a palliative care social worker, but sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways. Earlier in her career as a social worker, Zoe was looking for a role […]

  3. Keeping a library open through the window

    21 May 2020

    Maurie Voisey-Barlin speaks with a soft, yet very warm voice full of expression and joy. However, because of the current visitor restrictions due to COVID-19, his “elders”, as he calls them, cannot hear him anymore. […]

  4. Collaboration in a time of stress and uncertainty

    7 May 2020

    In the face of the COVID19 pandemic, Australia’s testing and distancing strategies have minimised disease spread. However, at the same time, our health systems have been engaged in preparing for an alternative, far worse scenario […]

  5. Music Therapy at home during COVID-19

    7 May 2020

    The richness of the Bear Cottage culture has made it possible for me to transition to providing online Zoom music therapy sessions with an ease which has taken me by surprise. Working from home, as […]

  6. caring@home further supports community palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic

    29 April 2020

    The National Palliative Care Project, caring@home, has adapted its popular package for carers to now include an emergency COVID-19 pack to further assist service providers and carers. COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for patients, carers, […]

  7. Dying to Yarn breaks down barriers

    9 December 2019

    Over 200 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Health Professionals, Elders and Community members from across the country gathered in Brisbane recently to attend the inaugural Dying to Yarn – Palliative Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]

  8. Supporting palliative care patients who choose to die at home

    10 October 2019

    Max* a 95-year-old man, was recently admitted to a private hospital in metropolitan Brisbane, Queensland. He had a history of cancer, had exhausted his disease-modifying treatment options, and the health care team recognised that Max […]

  9. Palliative care champions recognised

    29 September 2019

    Each day across Australia, thousands of individuals and teams are working in palliative care to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with a life-limiting illness. Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is proud […]

  10. 2017 National Palliative Care Awards catchup: QuoCCA

    11 September 2019

    As we countdown to the announcement of the 2019 National Palliative Care Awards at this week’s Oceanic Palliative Care Conference in Perth, we were fortunate to catch-up with some past winners. This week we hear […]


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