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

  1. Hoping for the best and planning for the rest

    4 June 2020

    It was not Zoe Mitchell’s plan to become a palliative care social worker, but sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways. Earlier in her career as a social worker, Zoe was looking for a role […]

  2. Serving up care and support at the dinner table

    28 May 2020

    In tough times it’s often the small things that make a big difference. An offer to pick up the kids from school; a sympathetic ear from a friend; a neighbour collecting your mail and putting […]

  3. Australians face surge in palliative care needs

    27 May 2020

    The threat of a surge in deaths from COVID-19 brought the value of palliative care sharply into focus. The palliative care sector was proactive, working with governments and health and aged care professionals to be […]

  4. Dance makes it all better (almost): remembering Jules Domigan

    24 May 2020

    What do you when you’re 35 years old and in palliative care during COVID-19? You dance, of course. Why? “Because you can’t choose what happens to you in life but you can choose how you […]

  5. Keeping a library open through the window

    21 May 2020

    Maurie Voisey-Barlin speaks with a soft, yet very warm voice full of expression and joy. However, because of the current visitor restrictions due to COVID-19, his “elders”, as he calls them, cannot hear him anymore. […]

  6. Connecting in times of crisis

    18 May 2020

    In the first months of 2020, many Australians had to learn to connect online while they were isolating to avoid COVID-19 spread. Family celebrations became video calls and work meetings transformed into online catchups. While […]

  7. Collaboration in a time of stress and uncertainty

    7 May 2020

    In the face of the COVID19 pandemic, Australia’s testing and distancing strategies have minimised disease spread. However, at the same time, our health systems have been engaged in preparing for an alternative, far worse scenario […]

  8. Music Therapy at home during COVID-19

    7 May 2020

    The richness of the Bear Cottage culture has made it possible for me to transition to providing online Zoom music therapy sessions with an ease which has taken me by surprise. Working from home, as […]

  9. caring@home further supports community palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic

    29 April 2020

    The National Palliative Care Project, caring@home, has adapted its popular package for carers to now include an emergency COVID-19 pack to further assist service providers and carers. COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for patients, carers, […]

  10. “Everywhere I take the baby alpacas, people smile”

    12 March 2020

    The first thing that strikes you when you meet Nils Lantzke is his generosity of spirit. When he tells the story of how he got his first alpaca, Honeycomb, as a gift in 2003, Nils […]

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