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  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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Patients help actors to bring cancer stories to the stage

    23 November 2016

    At Daffodil Cottage in Bathurst, NSW, cancer patients and their carers are generously telling their stories. Listening and learning are amateur actors, inspired by the challenge of bringing the real-life-experiences authentically to the stage.

  8. Real estate tips from the terminally ill

    20 October 2016

    Six people living with terminal illness offer moving words of wisdom about the benefits of borrowing less and living more, regardless of your health status, in a new online film launched today.

  9. Terminally ill offer personal insights on living, dying and dreams

    17 August 2016

    Two years after her mother’s death at home, visual artist Pippa Wischer embarked on an ambitious project; capturing the thoughts and dreams of 40 people who were terminally ill. Today, an exhibition of her poignant work is being officially opened by the Victorian Health Minister at Parliament House in Melbourne.

  10. The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story

    1 August 2016

    Kylie’s husband Bernard was diagnosed with cancer at 19 and given the all clear after treatment. After the cancer reappeared Kylie cared for Bernard, supporting his wish to die at home.

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