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


  1. New training in assessing and addressing palliative care and advance care planning needs

    27 October 2017

    HammondCare is leading a new $2M project which aims to leave clinicians better equipped to initiate conversations about advance care planning and screen for palliative care needs. The project will target GPs, nurses and allied health staff working with older people and younger adults with chronic and debilitating illnesses, providing online learning resources, tele-mentoring and provide face-to-face training.

  2. Palliative care’s unwilling film stars discover value in being videoed

    29 September 2016

    An unorthodox research project which films palliative care staff as they go about their day-to-day work has proven more valuable than expected, despite participants’ initial reservations.

  3. Study highlights value in aged care residents having access to specialist palliative care

    26 August 2016

    Providing proactive specialist palliative care in residential aged care facilities has shown significant benefits in an Australian pilot study which has achieved international interest.

  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. DVD offers practical tips and instruction for carers

    9 August 2016

    How frequently do you need to move someone to prevent pressure sores? How can you wash hair in bed? How do you safely push someone in a wheelchair down a ramp? Many new questions tend to arise when you’re caring for someone at the end of life. Fortunately, there is also a free DVD that answers them.

  6. Engage communities and train carers to provide end-of-life care: UK expert

    28 July 2016

    While hospices will continue to have a role to play in caring for people with severe symptoms in the UK, there is a growing need for the community to participate more in end-of-life care, according to a leading palliative care expert.

  7. New film highlights the good living that can occur in lead-up to death

    2 February 2016

    Melbourne students offer profound insights into the opportunity for living that can occur in the lead-up to death, in a film launched today.

  8. New palliative care uni courses focus on mental health

    2 December 2015

    Healthcare workers across Australia have the opportunity to further their palliative care training with new courses focussing on mental health being offered through Charles Sturt University next year. The training aims to build the skills and knowledge required to address psychological issues that impact people with advanced chronic or terminal illness, and their care givers.

  9. 10 minutes with Tatiana Slezak

    23 November 2015

    Bilingual educator Tatiana Slezak ran education sessions about palliative care for people whose first language is Polish. She explains how culture can impact perceptions of palliative care and what helps people from non-English speaking backgrounds to learn about it.

  10. Hidden curriculum erodes medical students’ compassion

    3 September 2015

    Despite a huge emphasis within medical schools on teaching empathy, a hidden curriculum causes students’ compassion to decline over time, according to an Associate Professor of General Practice at The Australian National University Medical School.

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