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


  1. Professor Yates reflects on time as President of Palliative Care Australia

    16 January 2017

    Professor Patsy Yates has finished a four-year term as president of the Palliative Care Australia Board, but will continue in her role as a Board member. She reflects on the highlights of her time in office and her hopes for what the peak body can achieve in the future.

  2. How to write a loved one’s life story; the ultimate gift

    19 December 2016

    Celebrate a loved one’s life by writing up their life story. You’ll remind them of all they have achieved and leave a legacy for future generations.

  3. Catch an early-bird registration and learn how to build a compassionate community

    7 December 2016

    People inspired to learn how their communities can support people at the end of life are encouraged to register this week for the Compassionate Communities Symposium in order to take advantage of early-bird rates.

  4. Making a dying parent’s life as good as possible; experiences of a teenage carer

    24 November 2016

    As a teenager Kathryn Dwan devoted six months of her life to caring for her father as he died of AIDS following a blood transfusion in the 1980s. She shares the impact that caring had on her, as a teenager and later as an adult, and how her simple acts of love contributed to her father’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

  5. Lina Ayoubi is dying to talk

    18 November 2016

    At the end of her life practising Muslim, Lina Ayoubi, would want to perform five prayers each day. She would want any pain to be made bearable, without being sedated, and would enjoy feeling the warmth of the sun. In the absence of grandchildren, she would settle for images of her daughter’s cat being beamed in.

  6. How to uphold patient dignity at the end of life

    15 November 2016

    At the end of life, dignity is a concept we tend to associate with managing basic bodily functions. More powerful however is a dying person’s perception of how they are seen by others, according to an international expert in dignity and palliative care.

  7. Singing to relieve suffering

    10 November 2016

    The soul-enriching harmonies of an acapella choir which sings to relieve suffering will enrich Deathfest in Brisbane with two performances from Saturday.

  8. Dr Sarah Winch is dying to talk

    8 November 2016

    Having lost her husband Lincoln to kidney cancer when he was just 48 years old, Dr Sarah Winch has thought and written about death ever since. Should she die an expected death, she would want to be in hospital with her handsome dog Jasper by her side, listening to ABBA.

  9. Documentary filmed at Sydney hospice screens on world stage

    31 October 2016

    Palliative care physician Dr Frank Brennan travelled to the International Palliative Care Conference in Montreal earlier this month to present a documentary filmed at a Sydney hospice.

    Dr Brennan, who features extensively in the film, explains what it was like having filmmakers on the ward at Calvary Hospital and how their gentle, respectful approach built the trust of families, patients and staff.

  10. Arun Ramchand is dying to talk

    25 October 2016

    Friends meditating and chanting matras, prayers to help him accept death and a rooftop party all feature in Arun Ramchand’s end-of-life wishes. He hopes in his afterlife to enjoy the good food his grandparents used to cook for him without gaining any weight.

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