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


  1. Hundreds of palliative care professionals to meet at virtual conference

    30 August 2021

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on palliative care, the need for far greater investment in palliative care in aged care and paediatric palliative care are among some of the topics to be canvassed at […]

  2. Sally FitzGerald

    Palliative care packages give comfort to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    26 August 2021

    A strong conviction, a COVID-19 lockdown, and the loss of four siblings, led 71-year-old Sally FitzGerald, ACT Councillor for NATSICC (The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council), to initiate the unique creation of […]

  3. A good death, a good life

    27 May 2021

    “We will ensure he has a ‘good death’.” These were the words registered nurse Jemma Graffin spoke as she sat with the family of 91-year-old Allan Patterson, the night before he died at Dougherty Villa, […]

  4. Singing Sunflowers – A message of love for children receiving palliative care

    10 December 2020

    The vibrant painting ‘Singing Sunflowers’, created by artist Laura Hare, was created to send out a message of love instead of fear when people think of children receiving paediatric care. The artwork is a feast […]

  5. Artists show how palliative care really is more than you think!

    26 November 2020

    PCA Art Competition winning entry “Just One More Chocolate Éclair”, by Eve Jeffery. Each year, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) opens the doors to its digital gallery, welcoming artists from across the country to participate in the […]

  6. Serving up care and support at the dinner table

    28 May 2020

    In tough times it’s often the small things that make a big difference. An offer to pick up the kids from school; a sympathetic ear from a friend; a neighbour collecting your mail and putting […]

  7. Australians face surge in palliative care needs

    27 May 2020

    The threat of a surge in deaths from COVID-19 brought the value of palliative care sharply into focus. The palliative care sector was proactive, working with governments and health and aged care professionals to be […]

  8. Connecting in times of crisis

    18 May 2020

    In the first months of 2020, many Australians had to learn to connect online while they were isolating to avoid COVID-19 spread. Family celebrations became video calls and work meetings transformed into online catchups. While […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. Advocates highlight palliative care as “essential component” of healthcare at WHO Executive Board meeting

    Advocates highlight palliative care as “essential component” of healthcare at WHO Executive Board meeting

    18 February 2020

    Palliative care advocates, including direct stakeholders highlighted palliative care as an “essential component” of healthy ageing, universal health coverage and the response to non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization Executive Board meeting in Geneva […]

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