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  1. Marc’s Story – His journey with Lissencephaly

    31 March 2021

    When Marc was born on January 8th, 2012, he was a perfectly healthy newborn baby boy with blonde hair and big blue eyes… and a lifetime of adventures before him. The first few months of […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. Local pharmacy becomes community hub in bushfire emergency

    23 January 2020

    The recent bushfire emergency has threatened the lives and homes of many Australians; creating a high level of anxiety and grief for those evacuated and their loved ones. In Braidwood NSW, a community heavily affected […]

  10. Getting by with a little help from our friends

    12 December 2019

    The concept of intergenerational care has been gaining momentum in Australia over recent years, with more being discovered about the health and wellbeing benefits of bringing young people and older people together in shared learning […]


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