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

  1. Hundreds of palliative care professionals to meet at virtual conference

    30 August 2021

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on palliative care, the need for far greater investment in palliative care in aged care and paediatric palliative care are among some of the topics to be canvassed at […]

  2. Sally FitzGerald

    Palliative care packages give comfort to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    26 August 2021

    A strong conviction, a COVID-19 lockdown, and the loss of four siblings, led 71-year-old Sally FitzGerald, ACT Councillor for NATSICC (The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council), to initiate the unique creation of […]

  3. Cultural wishes respected in end-of-life care

    24 June 2021

    My parents were born in Naples, in the south of Italy. After my mum passed away in 2013 in Italy, my dad lived in Sydney with my brother Joe. A couple of years ago, at 87 years of age, dad started complaining of […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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, […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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, […]

  8. 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, […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]

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