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  1. Sharing Sam’s end-of-life story to help others…

    26 August 2019

    Back in 2017 Lorna Hurst shared her very personal story with Palliative Matters about her son Sam’s bowel cancer diagnosis, treatment and death at just 17 years-of-age. Lorna has now generously agreed her to share […]

  2. One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die

    29 June 2016

    Worldwide, more than one-third of elderly patients receive invasive and potentially harmful hospital treatment during their last six months of life, potentially preventing a comfortable death and prolonging suffering rather than survival.

  3. GP tackles her fear of death

    6 June 2016

    Melbourne GP and writer, Dr Leah Kaminsky, kicks off her latest book with frank acknowledgement that she has always had a profound fear of death.

  4. 10 minutes with Dr Diane Meier

    2 March 2016

    American geriatrician and palliative care specialist Dr Diane Meier visited Melbourne recently to speak at a free public forum about dying, called ‘Death Happens! So let’s talk about how we die’. Dr Meier is the director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, which works to increase the number and quality of palliative care programs in the US.

  5. Beyond aromatherapy: what you need to know about me as I die

    9 November 2015

    Palliative care nurse Jeanette Liebelt has drafted a list of personal details for anyone caring for her at the end of life, so they will be better able to meet her personal needs and preferences, particularly if she has dementia. What would be on your list?

  6. New plan to get people with dementia to start planning earlier

    20 October 2015

    A new national research project will measure whether geriatricians can increase rates of advance care planning among people with dementia, soon after their diagnosis.


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