From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
What the history of medical science can tell us about choosing to better manage illness with palliative care
19 November 2018
Why is it that many Australians can choose from over 300,000 health apps for their smartphones, but not their preferred way to receive care for a life-limiting illness? Has society forgotten about what it means to deal with the final stages of life?
13 November 2018
The new Aged Care Standards recently released by the Australian Government could have helped reduce the costs of end-of-life support and help more elderly people deal with a terminal illness, but did not mention the role of palliative care in aged care facilities. The omission is a lost opportunity.
1 November 2018
For many undergraduate nursing students, palliative and end-of-life care is an area of study that students tend to shy away from. For 20 year old nursing student, Cassidy Wilson, her dedication and desire for helping people and their families at the end of life has just begun.
18 October 2018
My message to young carers is this — in caring for others, please don’t forget to care for yourself. It is easy to become so completely absorbed with your caring duties that you neglect your own health and wellbeing, lose contact with friends or let your career or study suffer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
25 July 2018
I witnessed an inspiring and heartfelt moment as day resident, Larry Andrews, walked into the community hall at Villaggio Sant’ Antonio aged care facility and was hailed by friends, family, former work colleagues and other fellow residents. There was a standing ovation as Larry entered and made his way to the front of the room in awe of all the people that had come to see him.
11 July 2018
This NAIDOC week, Sarah answers questions from the Dying to Talk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter which aims to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to start thinking about what would happen if they were so sick that someone else had to make decisions for them.
- Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care
- One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die
- Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy
- The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story
- Vicarious trauma: a young nurse shares her experience