From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
28 June 2017
Having spent 11 years working as a volunteer for Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Robin Downs is very clear about who benefits most from her unpaid work. The 76-year-old, who wears bright colours and a cheery demeanour when visiting patients, tried to move away from Melbourne a few years ago. She missed her volunteer work so much that she came back.
9 June 2017
The death of his grandfather and a decline in his grandmother’s health inspired 22-year-old student, Joel Raymond, to learn more about death and dying and its impact on other families. Through volunteer work, he has contributed to many patients and families receiving palliative care, gaining insights that shine in his winning poem, crafted for a competition during National Palliative Care Week.
5 June 2017
Having served as a palliative care volunteer for 20 years, maybe it’s not surprising that Doreen Robinson thinks constantly – but not morbidly – of death.
22 February 2017
Interior design student Shannon Jones is fundraising to revamp the palliative care ward at a Brisbane hospital. She plans to make it a more comfortable and uplifting environment for patients and their families, and staff.
16 February 2017
For people grieving the loss of a loved one, a simple program that enables them to walk and talk with trained volunteers is making a difference.
16 February 2017
An inspired effort to save tree seedlings gives palliative care patients a sense of purpose while in hospital.
31 January 2017
Joe Stanioch has worked as a volunteer at Bear Cottage children’s hospice in Sydney for about 13 years. In that time he has made lamingtons for a royal visit, saved the hospice from flooding and stood in as chief cook.
24 November 2016
As a teenager Kathryn Dwan devoted six months of her life to caring for her father as he died of AIDS following a blood transfusion in the 1980s. She shares the impact that caring had on her, as a teenager and later as an adult, and how her simple acts of love contributed to her father’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
7 October 2016
Katrina Recoche was a palliative care nurse when she first became interested in homelessness about 20 years ago. Now a senior lecturer at Monash University’s school of nursing and midwifery, her key research interest is palliative care access for people who are homeless or disenfranchised.
- 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