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  1. 4 September 2015

    What matters to you, not what is the matter with you

    Reinforcing the personal identity of someone with a terminal illness is an often overlooked factor that can significantly affect their quality of life, according to conference keynote speaker Gail Eva. Dr Eva, from Brunel University, […]

  2. 4 September 2015

    Experts quizzed on how to help rural and remote communities learn about dying

    Keynote conference speakers were quizzed on issues ranging from fundraising to helping rural and remote communities become more death literate. Consumer Brian Gepp sought advice about how to get rural and remote communities talking about […]

  3. 4 September 2015

    Indigenous palliative care needs an Indigenous approach

    Alice Springs GP registrar, Dr Sally Banfield, is a passionate advocate for Indigenous palliative care done well. Having been selected to present the Ian Maddocks Guest Lecture, she told conference delegates that Australia could improve […]

  4. 4 September 2015

    Australian palliative care workers recognised

    Australian researchers, leaders, innovators and teams working in palliative care were recognised at last night’s Inaugural Palliative Care Australia National Awards. From people working to build palliative care awareness and clinical approaches in India through […]

  5. 3 September 2015

    Separate terminally ill patients and their care givers for psychosocial assessments

    Kate Swetenham, Service Director of Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, said patients and carers are generally careful to protect one another’s feelings, which can severely inhibit what they say when they are together. Significant long-term benefits […]

  6. 3 September 2015

    National guidelines needed for palliative care referrals

    Leading academic Professor David Currow has called for national guidelines on referral to specialist palliative care services at the 13th Australian Palliative Care conference in Melbourne. His suggestion, which was met with applause from delegates, […]

  7. 3 September 2015

    Hidden curriculum erodes medical students’ compassion

    Despite a huge emphasis within medical schools on teaching empathy, a hidden curriculum causes students’ compassion to decline over time, according to an Associate Professor of General Practice at The Australian National University Medical School. […]

  8. 3 September 2015

    Palliative carers should get social – expert

    Palliative care professionals were encouraged to get online and get social by expert Dr Christian Sinclair. Dr Sinclair, an assistant professor of palliative medicine at the University of Kansas, says social media offers opportunities for […]

  9. 3 September 2015

    Artificial Intelligence – friend or foe?

    Dr Scott Martin painted a picture of a world where robots could take on many caring roles – asking: is this one way of making palliative care fit for the future? Dr Martin argued that […]

  10. 3 September 2015

    Nick Champion

    Left to right: PCA CEO Liz Callaghan and Mr Nick Champion MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health Nick Champion shared some personal experiences of death and how his views of dying had been shaped by […]

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