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  1. Nurse committed to residents being able to die at home, away from hospital emergency departments

    17 July 2017

    Having worked as a nurse in a hospital emergency department, Melissa Millar has seen first-hand the trauma that can occur when someone who is dying an expected death is put in an ambulance. It’s something she is keen to avoid in her new role at a Sydney aged care facility.

  2. Visiting palliative care nurse gives residential aged care facility confidence to care for dying man

    4 May 2017

    Brian Chaffer was 84 and he knew he was dying. He didn’t want to die in hospital. He wanted to die at his home of 12 years. But his retirement village wasn’t set up to care for a man with complex pain as he entered the last weeks of his life. A compromise was achieved, thanks to a visiting palliative care nurse.

  3. Handover bag concept offered nationally as sensitive way to return possessions

    24 March 2017

    Whether someone dies in a hospital, hospice or residential aged care facility, it’s not unusual for their possessions to be passed back to their family in a plastic garbage bag. An End of Life Care Committee in Queensland has developed a more sensitive and respectful approach, which it hopes will be adopted nationally.

  4. First national guidelines for spiritual care in aged care

    9 June 2016

    In order to live well we need to care for the spirit, as well as the body and mind, at all stages of life. The first national guidelines for spiritual care in aged care will be released this month, assisting organisations that provide aged care to incorporate spiritual care into routine care and services.

  5. Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care

    30 May 2016

    Prison populations used to be dominated by young, fit, aggressive people. That history has left them poorly placed to deliver palliative care to a new, rapidly increasing population of elderly prisoners with complex chronic disease. Public health and corrections policy expert, Chris Puplick AM, highlights the scale of the problem and suggests secure aged-care facilities are required.

  6. Soul shines through in photos of residents with dementia

    11 December 2015

    A poignant photographic exhibition of residents who have dementia is adding life and soul to the walls of a residential aged care facility in Victoria.

  7. Community palliative care nurse highlights value of mentors

    27 November 2015

    As the care manager of a 120-bed aged care facility, Karin Woods, knows a great deal about palliative care. But when she was given the opportunity to have a specialist palliative care nurse mentor her staff for two weeks, she jumped at it. The experience proved so worthwhile, she wishes it was ongoing, and that a similar system could be set up to support aged care staff across the country.

  8. 10 minutes with Nikki Johnston

    26 October 2015

    Palliative nurse practitioner Nikki Johnston worries that people with dementia are missing out on specialist palliative care.

  9. Palliative care expert to advise new Severe Behaviour Response Teams

    22 October 2015

    A leading palliative care expert will be among the key advisors to new Severe Behaviour Response Teams, designed to assist with symptom management in aged care residents with dementia who exhibit severe behaviour.


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