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

  1. What the history of medical science can tell us about choosing to better manage illness with palliative care

    19 November 2018

    Why is it that many Australians can choose from over 300,000 health apps for their smartphones, but not their preferred way to receive care for a life-limiting illness? Has society forgotten about what it means to deal with the final stages of life?  

  2. Why greater investment in palliative care could lead to economic benefits

    13 November 2018

    The new Aged Care Standards recently released by the Australian Government could have helped reduce the costs of end-of-life support and help more elderly people deal with a terminal illness, but did not mention the role of palliative care in aged care facilities. The omission is a lost opportunity.

  3. We can’t build more hospitals

    7 November 2018

    Hospital substitution by the provision of palliative care in the home, in sub-acute services or hospices and in residential aged care is not only meeting the wants and desires of Australians, but it’s an economic no-brainer.

  4. Kimika Lee recognised for her leadership in the community

    2 November 2018

    Kimberley Palliative Care Aboriginal Health Worker, Kimika Lee, has been recognised for her tireless work in the community by winning the Leadership and Innovation Award at the Western Australia Regional Achievement and Community Awards this month.

  5. Nursing student’s passion for palliative care

    1 November 2018

    For many undergraduate nursing students, palliative and end-of-life care is an area of study that students tend to shy away from. For 20 year old nursing student, Cassidy Wilson, her dedication and desire for helping people and their families at the end of life has just begun.

  6. Young carers need to take a breather

    18 October 2018

    My message to young carers is this — in caring for others, please don’t forget to care for yourself. It is easy to become so completely absorbed with your caring duties that you neglect your own health and wellbeing, lose contact with friends or let your career or study suffer.

  7. The woman turning children’s disabilities into super powers

    17 October 2018

    “Disability is not a deficit within the person, but shows up the deficits in our culture and society that does not fully accept, encourage and celebrate humanity, no matter what it looks like. The unique and distinctive abilities of this amazing group of children can act as an inspiration for all of us, to encourage each other.”

  8. Bear Cottage was our lifeline

    13 October 2018

    When Max was diagnosed with Batten Disease, we had no idea what his future held. All we knew was that our little boy was going to die.

  9. The strength of community

    12 September 2018

    We sometimes find ourselves on a long and difficult journey. Whether we are a patient, carer, family member or friend, illness takes a toll on everyone involved. Often people reach out to help us but often we don’t accept support, even when we need it. To help change this situation, Andrea Grindrod from La Trobe University is encouraging families and the community to work together.

  10. 17 year old student undertakes research to understand the Australian palliative care system

    30 August 2018

    Nearly every day we are confronted with death. We experience it personally, hear about it on the news, watch it in the movies and read about it in books and yet still, talking about death and dying with our loved ones remains a taboo subject. Conversely for 17 year old school student, Jemma Schusterbauer, personal experiences has made her eager to learn more about the end-of-life and understand the palliative care sector – an area she once found very confronting.

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