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

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  1. Singing to relieve suffering

    10 November 2016

    The soul-enriching harmonies of an acapella choir which sings to relieve suffering will enrich Deathfest in Brisbane with two performances from Saturday.

  2. 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.

  3. Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy

    3 August 2016

    The national Life in Death art competition closes at the end of next week, so it’s time to meet one of the judges. Flutter Lyon explains how her Ink-Pressings have captured the life stories of people receiving palliative care and their therapeutic effect. She also reveals her philosophy as a judge and what she will be looking for in a winning piece.

  4. 10 minutes with Bernadette Gallagher

    4 July 2016

    After the death of her husband Noel, Bernadette Gallagher started working as a volunteer to support patients receiving palliative care and their families. Recently awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), she gives a moving insight into the impact Noel’s death had on their four young children, and how that experience equipped her to support others.

  5. 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.

  6. Small velvet hearts made with love and laced with meaning

    11 February 2016

    Over the past five years, Joan Neave has hand crafted nearly 3000 velvet hearts in order to provide comfort to palliative patients and their families.

  7. 10 minutes with Julianne Whyte

    29 January 2016

    Julianne Whyte is focused on better meeting the emotional needs of people who are living with the prospect of dying. She says too often we focus discussion on practical and clinical issues, at the expense of psychological and existential needs.

  8. 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.

  9. Of love and loss without palliative care

    8 December 2015

    When Mary Brennan’s young son died of bone cancer back in the early 1970s, palliative care was unheard of. More than 40 years later, she reflects on the experience, and her elder son’s decision to work in palliative care.


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