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

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  1. Goodwin Aged Care steps up to provide proactive palliative care in-house

    19 May 2017

    Goodwin Aged Care Services in Canberra has made an extraordinary effort to ensure residents achieve the best possible care at the end of life. Acknowledging that many residents want to die comfortable deaths without going to hospital, it piloted a new approach to providing specialist palliative care in-house. Palliative Matters celebrates the achievement to mark the start of National Palliative Care Week on Sunday 21 May.

  2. Checklist helps people with COPD assess quality of life

    15 November 2016

    Tomorrow is World COPD Day, marking the perfect time for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to stop and assess their quality of life.

  3. 10 minutes with Nicolette Powell

    26 August 2016

    Relieving her uncle’s symptoms with massage in the lead-up to his death helped Nicolette Powell realise her true calling. Now an enthusiastic palliative care massage therapist, she shares some of the challenges and great rewards she has experienced along the way.

  4. Video builds carer confidence in giving injectable medications

    23 August 2016

    A new video is boosting the confidence of carers who need to draw up and administer injectable medications at home. The video was designed for carers looking after someone at the end of life who may need to administer medication to control symptoms such as pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety or terminal restlessness.

  5. 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.

  6. Stressful, challenging and deeply rewarding: supporting my loved ones to die at home

    18 July 2016

    Retired enrolled nurse, Pat, cared for her husband Don as he died of cancer at home surrounded by family. Little did she know that she would also nurse her second husband Bill when he sadly died of cancer too.

  7. 10 minutes with Laura Chahda

    1 June 2016

    Speech pathologist Laura Chahda recalls the rewards of supporting a woman who had motor neurone disease so she could keep communicating with her family as her symptoms progressed. Laura says many people don’t realise that speech pathologists are also swallowing specialists. Their work can help prevent choking and aspiration pneumonia, and improve hydration, nutrition and quality of life.

  8. Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care

    30 May 2016

    Prison populations used to be dominated by young, fit, aggressive people. That history has left them poorly placed to deliver palliative care to a new, rapidly increasing population of elderly prisoners with complex chronic disease. Public health and corrections policy expert, Chris Puplick AM, highlights the scale of the problem and suggests secure aged-care facilities are required.

  9. New medication list for GPs supporting people who wish to die at home

    13 October 2015

    General practitioners wishing to achieve optimum symptom control for terminally ill patients who choose to die at home can access a new medication list to assist their decision making.

  10. Simple list improves community access to palliative medicines

    4 September 2015

    Results from a project encouraging SA community pharmacists to stock five core palliative medicines were presented for the first time today at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne.


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