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


  1. Serving up care and support at the dinner table

    28 May 2020

    In tough times it’s often the small things that make a big difference. An offer to pick up the kids from school; a sympathetic ear from a friend; a neighbour collecting your mail and putting […]

  2. Charcoal art works explore process of dying and impact on staff

    18 July 2017

    As an artist, Margaret Ambridge offers exquisite insights into dying, human frailty, strength and love, all informed by her experiences working in palliative care. In September, her work will be exhibited at the Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide.

  3. New funding brings first young adult hospice one step closer to reality

    6 April 2017

    A commitment of $2 million recurrent funding from the NSW Government has brought a new hospice for people over the age of 18 one step closer to fruition, according to Bear Cottage nursing unit manager Narelle Martin.

  4. Having baked for royalty and blocked floods, Joe loves his unpaid job

    31 January 2017

    Joe Stanioch has worked as a volunteer at Bear Cottage children’s hospice in Sydney for about 13 years. In that time he has made lamingtons for a royal visit, saved the hospice from flooding and stood in as chief cook.

  5. Documentary filmed at Sydney hospice screens on world stage

    31 October 2016

    Palliative care physician Dr Frank Brennan travelled to the International Palliative Care Conference in Montreal earlier this month to present a documentary filmed at a Sydney hospice.

    Dr Brennan, who features extensively in the film, explains what it was like having filmmakers on the ward at Calvary Hospital and how their gentle, respectful approach built the trust of families, patients and staff.

  6. Focus building design on the patient experience to enhance quality of life

    13 October 2016

    US hospice and palliative care specialist Dr BJ Miller is visiting Australia this week to speak at the Palliative Care NSW conference in Broken Hill. He tells Palliative Matters about his dream to design health care environments that focus on the patient experience, in order to enhance quality of life.

  7. What to say when someone is dying; tips from a master in her field

    11 October 2016

    Experiencing the deaths of up to six patients each week over the past 18 years has given Nikki Johnston remarkable insights into what happens at the end of life. The palliative care nurse practitioner from Clare Holland House was interviewed recently by Federal Labor MP Andrew Leigh for his podcast, The Good Life.

  8. World Hospice Day

    7 October 2016

    Tomorrow is World Hospice Day, but what do we mean by hospice? Now is the time to get savvy. Here are 10 quick facts to bring you and your loved ones up to speed on hospice and end-of-life care approaches in Australia.

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