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end of life wishes

  1. Having cared for her husband as he was dying, Sarah Winch explains how to do it well

    18 October 2017

    Dr Sarah Winch remembers clearly the day she promised her husband Lincoln that she would write a book. It was a Thursday morning. Two days later he was dead. Lincoln, 48, had kidney cancer, and with his diagnosis came Dr Winch’s new role as his primary carer. During National Carers Week, Dr Winch shares the highs and lows, and lessons that have stayed with her from that time.

  2. From cop outs to dirt naps – panel discusses fallout from our reluctance to discuss death

    7 September 2017

    The fallout that can occur when people don’t talk about death, or their wishes for end-of-life care, made for a lively panel discussion at the Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide.

  3. Caring for my beautiful husband as he died and through the days that followed

    10 July 2017

    Who is the best person to care for someone who has died? Sometimes, a person who loved them when they were living. Dr Fiona Reid shares her experience caring for her husband Morgan throughout his illness and in the days after his death.

  4. Find it hard to express end-of-life wishes? Try new online activities, designed to help

    23 May 2017

    People wishing to document and share their wishes for end-of-life care can now complete a series of questions online, or play an online card game to inspire and capture their thinking. Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, launched the new interactive online resources today, which build on Palliative Care Australia’s Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  5. Going in peace: does every old person need intervention?

    18 May 2017

    “He was old and full of chronic diseases with a complex past medical history. They wanted to keep him in hospital, do lots of tests. He protested. They didn’t listen.” WA general practitioner Dr Meryl Broughton outlines the challenges which can prevent an elderly person from being able to die in peace.

  6. Mum celebrates her son’s life while remembering his death

    12 May 2017

    Sam Hurst may have lived a few extra weeks had he opted for more chemotherapy. Instead, the 17-year-old declined treatment and made the most of his remaining months. In the lead-up to National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May) his mother Lorna generously shares his story, celebrating Sam’s short but vibrant life and the factors that contributed to him dying a good death.

  7. 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.

  8. Tool supports staff to discuss elderly people’s spiritual needs

    26 April 2017

    Today Meaningful Ageing Australia launched a screening tool designed to better equip staff and volunteers to discuss the spiritual needs of elderly people.

  9. Zoe Mitchell is dying to talk

    21 April 2017

    WA social worker Zoe Mitchell won Palliative Care Australia’s inaugural ‘Emerging Leader’ prize in 2015 for her untiring patient advocacy and commitment to palliative care. She would not want to waste time and energy on futile treatments and investigations at the end of life. But she would want kisses from her crazy little puppy.

  10. Molecular air and other tasty treats to feature in new palliative care cookbook

    5 April 2017

    How do you help a young boy to enjoy the simple pleasure of fresh strawberries and ice cream when he so unwell he can’t swallow? HammondCare’s executive chef, Peter Morgan-Jones, is sure to find a way.

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