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