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  1. 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 […]

  2. 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, […]

  3. 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. […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 2 September 2015

    New thinking required on physiotherapy referrals for palliative patients

    Too few palliative care patients are being referred for physiotherapy despite its potential to improve their quality of life, according to a physiotherapist speaking today at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne. Pauline […]

  8. 2 September 2015

    Victorian Health Minister announces new end-of-life care framework

    Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today encouraged clinicians, community members, patients and carers to help shape the future of palliative care in Victoria.“I am delighted to announce today that the Victorian Government will be […]

  9. Conference Update Wednesday 2 September 2015
    2 September 2015

    Conference Update Wednesday 2 September 2015

    Welcome! This is the first Conference Update and you will find one of these in your inbox every morning of the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference. Each update will take you to a feature article […]

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