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

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  1. Sharing Sam’s end-of-life story to help others…

    26 August 2019

    Back in 2017 Lorna Hurst shared her very personal story with Palliative Matters about her son Sam’s bowel cancer diagnosis, treatment and death at just 17 years-of-age. Lorna has now generously agreed her to share […]

  2. The day before Sarah Williams died her family made her wedding wish come true

    18 July 2019

    Sarah Williams wanted what so many of us already have — an education and to be married with a family of her own. Instead, she died from cancer at 33 before having the chance to legally marry […]

  3. Life after Jarrod… Briony Lyle takes on her next big challenge

    19 June 2019

    Briony Lyle will share insights from her extraordinary life with late husband, professional golfer Jarrod Lyle, at the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference this September. From their high school days in Shepparton, Victoria to the world […]

  4. Into the Dreaming

    3 June 2019

    An innovative new resource kit has been developed in NSW to help local Aboriginal communities feel more welcome in palliative care settings and start inclusive and culturally appropriate conversations about end of life planning. “Into […]

  5. National art competition highlights what matters most during the holiday season

    6 December 2018

    In the lead up to this holiday season, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) hosted the third Dying to Talk online art competition which asked participants to create a piece of art that demonstrates what matters most to them during the holiday season.  With a record of 125 entries submitted, artworks were created by artists all around the country.

  6. The woman turning children’s disabilities into super powers

    17 October 2018

    “Disability is not a deficit within the person, but shows up the deficits in our culture and society that does not fully accept, encourage and celebrate humanity, no matter what it looks like. The unique and distinctive abilities of this amazing group of children can act as an inspiration for all of us, to encourage each other.”

  7. Bear Cottage was our lifeline

    13 October 2018

    When Max was diagnosed with Batten Disease, we had no idea what his future held. All we knew was that our little boy was going to die.

  8. The strength of community

    12 September 2018

    We sometimes find ourselves on a long and difficult journey. Whether we are a patient, carer, family member or friend, illness takes a toll on everyone involved. Often people reach out to help us but often we don’t accept support, even when we need it. To help change this situation, Andrea Grindrod from La Trobe University is encouraging families and the community to work together.

  9. 17 year old student undertakes research to understand the Australian palliative care system

    30 August 2018

    Nearly every day we are confronted with death. We experience it personally, hear about it on the news, watch it in the movies and read about it in books and yet still, talking about death and dying with our loved ones remains a taboo subject. Conversely for 17 year old school student, Jemma Schusterbauer, personal experiences has made her eager to learn more about the end-of-life and understand the palliative care sector – an area she once found very confronting.

  10. Lucinda Barry is Dying to Talk during DonateLife Week

    1 August 2018

    For many people in palliative care, tissue and organ donation (e.g. corneal donation) is still a possibility and should be discussed as part of end-of-life conversations. Chief Executive Officer of Organ and Tissue Authority, Lucinda Barry, took some time this week to speak with Palliative Matters to discuss some of her end-of-life wishes using the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.


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