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


  1. Expert opinion: the euthanasia debate

    8 December 2015

    Dr Mary Brooksbank has watched many people die peaceful deaths which could easily have been traumatic and painful, including her father. She offer her thoughts on the euthanasia debate.

  2. 10 minutes with Mike Kennedy

    4 December 2015

    Back in the early 1980s, when stigma and fear clouded HIV and AIDS, Mike Kennedy volunteered to care for an infected man who wanted to die in his own home. Mr Kennedy didn’t realise it at the time, but he was participating in a land-mark community-based palliative care service. On the eve of International Volunteer Day, his experience offers valuable lessons still.

  3. New palliative care uni courses focus on mental health

    2 December 2015

    Healthcare workers across Australia have the opportunity to further their palliative care training with new courses focussing on mental health being offered through Charles Sturt University next year. The training aims to build the skills and knowledge required to address psychological issues that impact people with advanced chronic or terminal illness, and their care givers.

  4. 10 minutes with Tatiana Slezak

    23 November 2015

    Bilingual educator Tatiana Slezak ran education sessions about palliative care for people whose first language is Polish. She explains how culture can impact perceptions of palliative care and what helps people from non-English speaking backgrounds to learn about it.

  5. Euthanasia no substitute for palliative care

    10 November 2015

    Associate Professor Richard Chye is director of palliative care at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. He is concerned we are too caught up with our ‘right’ to die, while not investing in the system that helps us to live as well as possible before we die.

  6. Beyond aromatherapy: what you need to know about me as I die

    9 November 2015

    Palliative care nurse Jeanette Liebelt has drafted a list of personal details for anyone caring for her at the end of life, so they will be better able to meet her personal needs and preferences, particularly if she has dementia. What would be on your list?

  7. CALD communities engaged in end-of-life discussions

    2 November 2015

    Nearly 5000 people from 10 culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Victoria have learned about palliative care in the first two years of a community education project that has scope to be replicated elsewhere.

  8. Mother of five uses her experience to help others

    24 September 2015

    After losing two of her five children within five years, Justine Betteridge has decided to use her experience to help others and is now volunteering as part of HammondCare’s Palliative Care Home Support team.

  9. Little Stars to raise awareness of paediatric palliative care

    4 September 2015

    A new DVD capturing life-affirming stories about paediatric palliative care is available free to people wishing to raise awareness.

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