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


  1. New resource explains what palliative care offers before misperceptions get in the way

    21 March 2017

    For some people, the term ‘palliative care’ inspires gratitude and relief. For others, it inspires fear, particularly if they mistakenly believe that it signals giving up, can’t be received in conjunction with treatment, or is only for people who are about to die. That great challenge is tackled head on by a new online resource, which provides information for people with metastatic breast cancer by focussing first on their needs.

  2. Accompanying my mother through the process of dying as her carer, confidant and friend

    9 February 2017

    While caring for her mother as she was dying, Shannon Calvert discovered strength she didn’t realise she had.

  3. Julie McCrossin is dying to talk

    12 July 2016

    Journalist Julie McCrossin trusts her partner Melissa and their adult kids, Amelia and Luke, to know what physical surroundings she will need at the end of her life. She wants her dogs, Charlie and Bruno, on her bed.

  4. Palliative care is for people with chronic disease, not just cancer

    26 May 2016

    A long-term misconception that palliative care is only for cancer patients may be preventing people with non-malignant chronic diseases from receiving the care they need, peak health bodies have warned.

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