From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care
- One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die
- Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy
- The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story
- Vicarious trauma: a young nurse shares her experience