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

  1. 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. […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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, […]

  6. “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 […]

  7. Advocates highlight palliative care as “essential component” of healthcare at WHO Executive Board meeting

    Advocates highlight palliative care as “essential component” of healthcare at WHO Executive Board meeting

    18 February 2020

    Palliative care advocates, including direct stakeholders highlighted palliative care as an “essential component” of healthy ageing, universal health coverage and the response to non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization Executive Board meeting in Geneva […]

  8. Local pharmacy becomes community hub in bushfire emergency

    23 January 2020

    The recent bushfire emergency has threatened the lives and homes of many Australians; creating a high level of anxiety and grief for those evacuated and their loved ones. In Braidwood NSW, a community heavily affected […]

  9. Getting by with a little help from our friends

    12 December 2019

    The concept of intergenerational care has been gaining momentum in Australia over recent years, with more being discovered about the health and wellbeing benefits of bringing young people and older people together in shared learning […]

  10. Dying to Yarn breaks down barriers

    9 December 2019

    Over 200 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Health Professionals, Elders and Community members from across the country gathered in Brisbane recently to attend the inaugural Dying to Yarn – Palliative Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]

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