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

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  1. Winning haiku shines with wisdom, reflecting value in volunteering

    9 June 2017

    The death of his grandfather and a decline in his grandmother’s health inspired 22-year-old student, Joel Raymond, to learn more about death and dying and its impact on other families. Through volunteer work, he has contributed to many patients and families receiving palliative care, gaining insights that shine in his winning poem, crafted for a competition during National Palliative Care Week.

  2. Mobile hairdressers, cleaners and counsellors: website offers practical gifts for the bereaved

    8 June 2017

    Thousands of dollars worth of flowers were delivered to Kim Oakhill’s friends when their three-year-old daughter died. An allergy in the family meant that the flowers were relegated to the garage, where they made a mess and died. Watching on, Kim found herself wishing the flower money had provided something more practical to support the family, which inspired a great idea.

  3. Volunteer who sings from the heart rewarded with valuable life lessons

    5 June 2017

    Having served as a palliative care volunteer for 20 years, maybe it’s not surprising that Doreen Robinson thinks constantly – but not morbidly – of death.

  4. Book review – A Matter of Life and Death: 60 voices share their wisdom

    30 May 2017

    ‘A Matter of Life and Death: 60 voices share their wisdom’ is a compilation of reflections and narratives by people from various countries and backgrounds sharing their wisdom and perspectives on death. Yet as the title suggests, the reflections are as much about life, as death.

  5. Art competition to focus on connection with community

    27 May 2017

    “Just do it.” That is Ashley Fiona’s advice to any artist who is tempted to enter Palliative Care Australia’s online art competition, launched today. Ashley, who won the People’s Choice award last year, says she is “stoked and very honoured” to have been selected as a judge, along with last year’s overall winner, Anzara Clark, and artist Margaret Ambridge.

  6. Maggie Beer Foundation tour inspires chefs in residential aged care

    28 April 2017

    Maggie Beer visited regional towns in northern NSW recently to promote the use of fresh food within residential aged care homes.

  7. New funding brings first young adult hospice one step closer to reality

    6 April 2017

    A commitment of $2 million recurrent funding from the NSW Government has brought a new hospice for people over the age of 18 one step closer to fruition, according to Bear Cottage nursing unit manager Narelle Martin.

  8. Recipe: Watermelon, lime and mint foam

    5 April 2017

    HammondCare’s executive chef, Peter Morgan-Jones, shares his recipe for watermelon, lime and mint foam, which is suitable for people on smooth, pureed diets and those who can eat thickened fluids.

  9. Recipe: Yoghurt cubes

    5 April 2017

    HammondCare’s executive chef, Peter Morgan-Jones, shares his recipe for yoghurt cubes, which can be eaten by hand and are suitable for people on regular, soft, minced and pureed diets.

  10. New resources help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people talk about end-of-life care

    28 March 2017

    Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, today launched new resources designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people discuss end-of-life care wishes with their families or health care teams.


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