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Helping dying patients say goodbye

“You need to know you’re leaving before you can say goodbye.” These poignant words from a patient illustrate how vital it is to constantly improve end of life care, as Blacktown Hospital has endeavoured to achieve with a recent project. The project, ‘It Takes a Team’, brought together nursing and medical staff from cardiology and [...]

By |2019-08-07T14:26:36+11:00August 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Compassionate care program offers inmates chance to care

Compassionate care and hospice programs are being implemented in prisons across the United States. Compassionate care, according to Tim Cunningham, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Virginia, can be effective in any environment, but particularly in places that can be stressful and isolating, such as prison. "You don't have to be a [...]

By |2019-09-13T11:19:50+11:00July 8th, 2019|News|0 Comments

What do Aboriginal Australians want from their aged care system? Community connection is number one

The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is ageing at a much faster rate than the non-Indigenous population. Aboriginal Australians record high mid-life rates of multiple chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke, lung disease, and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, for example, is more than twice as common in the Indigenous population than the non-Indigenous population. [...]

By |2019-07-03T18:31:03+11:00July 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

From Music into Silence – Film Screening Sydney

From Music into Silence is a film directed and produced by Farshid Akhlaghi, an independent Iranian/Australian filmmaker. This full-length documentary is about Peter Roberts, the only Australian Music Thanatologist. He plays the harp for people who are facing their last moments of life. Peter’s focus is on the dying process and he helps people to die [...]

By |2019-07-03T14:03:41+11:00July 3rd, 2019|News|1 Comment

WHERE WE DIE MATTERS, SO LET’S TALK

“My attitude is that [nursing homes] are waiting rooms. You go there to wait to die. Sometimes it takes a long time. Sometimes it doesn’t. But essentially it’s where you deposit people that you don’t want to care for at home or you can’t care for at home.” That’s an observation from Jim*, a 66-year-old [...]

By |2019-06-24T15:40:55+11:00June 24th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Voluntary assisted dying commences in Victoria today

Thank you to the End of Life Law in Australia Team, QUT, for collating these articles and documents outlining recent developments in VAD in Victoria. Voluntary assisted dying commences in Victoria Today new assisted dying laws commence in Victoria, the first time in over 20 years that assisted dying has been lawful in an Australian [...]

By |2019-06-19T16:24:26+11:00June 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

National Palliative Care Awards 2019

National Palliative Care Awards Do you know an individual or team who is making a difference in palliative care? Why not acknowledge their work and nominate them for the National Palliative Care Awards? Palliative Care Australia’s National Palliative Care Awards seek to recognise innovation, teamwork and emerging talent in the palliative care sector. The awards reward [...]

By |2019-06-19T13:07:25+11:00June 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Election promise of additional $45 million for palliative care services confirmed

Media Release Election promise of additional $45 million for palliative care services confirmed in 2019-20 NSW Budget Palliative Care NSW is pleased to to see confirmation of the election promise to inject $45 million over four years for palliative care in NSW in the 2019-20 Budget. This funding will employ an additional 100 palliative care [...]

By |2019-06-19T12:32:22+11:00June 19th, 2019|News|1 Comment

I Tried To Give My Dying 8-Year-Old Son A ‘Good’ Death. Here’s How.

Since before he was born, we’d done everything we could to give our son a good life. Dad started socking away college savings in a 529 plan before he was even born and I stayed up late researching top preschools. By the time he was 4, I dutifully drove him to piano and swim lessons. [...]

By |2019-04-30T11:02:13+11:00April 30th, 2019|News|0 Comments

The way we die will be considered unthinkable 50 years from now

While medical advances have moved forward at blinding pace, the ethical discourse surrounding many technologies has not kept up. Take, for example, cardiac devices such as pacemakers and mechanical pumps that can be placed in the heart. Many patients with terminal illnesses who want to deactivate these devices find resistance from the health system, since [...]

By |2019-04-23T17:08:48+11:00April 23rd, 2019|News|0 Comments