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

  1. Palliative care at home in the bush

    3 June 2021

    If given the choice, most Australians with a life-limiting illness would prefer to be cared for, and to die at home. For people living in rural and remote locations, where a medical appointment may be […]

  2. A good death, a good life

    27 May 2021

    “We will ensure he has a ‘good death’.” These were the words registered nurse Jemma Graffin spoke as she sat with the family of 91-year-old Allan Patterson, the night before he died at Dougherty Villa, […]

  3. Marc’s Story – His journey with Lissencephaly

    31 March 2021

    When Marc was born on January 8th, 2012, he was a perfectly healthy newborn baby boy with blonde hair and big blue eyes… and a lifetime of adventures before him. The first few months of […]

  4. Talking about end-of-life care in ICU

    25 March 2021

    As the Australian populations ages, more Australians get admitted to hospital with increasingly complex needs. Many of these patients will sadly die after hospital admission. Whether they reach the end of their life in ICU, […]

  5. The other half of palliative care

    4 February 2021

    David Baxter was by his widowed mother’s side in her bed when she died on 9 April 2020. She went as peacefully as possible, her head resting on David’s shoulder. Her pain was under control, […]

  6. A nurse who laid the foundation for 40 years of palliative care in Australia

    14 January 2021

    Katherine Kingsbury, OAM, Inaugural Director of Nursing, City Mission Hospice, North Fitzroy Eighty-seven-year-old Katherine Kingsbury has dedicated her life to caring and advocating for the sick and dying. Throughout her long nursing career, Katherine has […]

  7. Singing Sunflowers – A message of love for children receiving palliative care

    10 December 2020

    The vibrant painting ‘Singing Sunflowers’, created by artist Laura Hare, was created to send out a message of love instead of fear when people think of children receiving paediatric care. The artwork is a feast […]

  8. Artists show how palliative care really is more than you think!

    26 November 2020

    PCA Art Competition winning entry “Just One More Chocolate Éclair”, by Eve Jeffery. Each year, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) opens the doors to its digital gallery, welcoming artists from across the country to participate in the […]

  9. “Nurse practitioners in aged care are the future”

    11 November 2020

    When Keyur Anand studied to be a nurse practitioner, his peers believed he would achieve ‘something special’. His initial choice would have probably been to work in a hospital setting, but circumstances brought him to […]

  10. Wendy Pearse, SCHHS End of Life Care Project Officer, and Elli Pukallus, USC occupational therapy student, discuss their research project.

    Research project to evaluate impact of handover bags: A 10-minute survey

    10 September 2020

    Have you ever wondered what happens to a loved one’s possessions when they die in hospital, hospice or residential aged care facility? Often, their objects are returned to families in any available plastic bag, sometimes […]

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