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

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  1. Remembering mum on Mother’s Day

    12 May 2018

    Not all of us will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day in the way we wish we could. Some people will experience the day without their mum or child for the first time and others will struggle through the day like they have for many years. While the day will bring different emotions for each individual, it is important to grieve your loss and take the time to cherish the memories.

  2. PCA celebrates International Nurses Day 2018

    11 May 2018

    International Nurses Day (Saturday 12 May) recognises the vital role nurses play in the delivery of high quality care to all patients and their families. The theme for this year, ‘Nurses a voice to lead – health is a human right’, empowers nurses to lead by example to influence health policy, planning, and provision. Palliative Matters sat down with Kate to discuss her career and the importance of recognising and celebrating International Nurses Day.

  3. A mother’s journey with a silver lining

    6 April 2018

    Grief is a feeling you don’t get over or recover from. You learn to live with it and adjust to a new reality. For this inspiring mum, the grief of losing her daughter fuelled her desire to help other families in the toughest situations of their life.

  4. Bedside Stories – Learning to Listen

    7 February 2018

    As a physician and clinical educator, Dr Terry Hannan believes the art of ‘listening to the patient’ is virtually lost in modern medicine. In Dr Terry Hannan’s latest book, Bedtime Stories, he writes a collection of patient journeys highlighting the depths that can occur during the distress of people with a life limiting illness.

  5. Townsville Palliative Care Service Hosts Sixth Year Medical Students

    5 February 2018

    Many medical students graduate from universities across Australia with no or limited exposure to palliative care. In response to this, Townsville Palliative Care Service recently introduced an opportunity for medical students to increase their exposure to palliative medicine.

  6. Calvary Launch Virtual Research Institute

    7 December 2017

    A new virtual research institute is bringing together four specialist palliative care units to further research to address the main priorities in palliative and end-of-life care.

  7. A Story About Stage Four Lung Cancer

    6 December 2017

    My husband Jay was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in March 2011 and was given less than a year to live. He was 39 and had no obvious risk factors for developing the disease. We had an eight year old daughter and I was pregnant with our second child when he was diagnosed. He survived the disease for over 6 years passing away in May 2017.

  8. Year 12 Student Continues Traditions At The Mary Potter Foundation

    4 December 2017

    Caring for people at the end of their lives is an honour and passion for the workers and volunteers at the Mary Potter Foundation. Pembroke School year 12 student, Luisa Wigg, not only shares these values, but dedicated her time to ensure traditions of the foundation are continued.

  9. AHHA Palliative Care Online Training Portal Relaunched

    14 November 2017

    In order to help support and benefit the ageing, The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) have re-launched their Palliative Care Online Training Portal aimed at helping aged and community care workers, carers, volunteers, family members and health professionals who provide palliative care to people in the community.

  10. Royal Flying Doctor Service is dying to talk in the bush and map gaps in palliative care services

    20 October 2017

    Royal Flying Doctor Service doctors, nurses and pilots are embarking on a new Dying to Talk in the Bush project to support people living in rural and remote areas to discuss their end-of-life wishes and map gaps in palliative care access.


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