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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

What is the evidence that people living with frailty have needs for palliative care at the end of life?

People are now living longer than ever before, something we should celebrate. But it also means that more people are living with frailty as they grow older, and some are dying without ever receiving a diagnosis associated with terminal care. Frailty is often described as something that increases your vulnerability to health stressors. This means [...]

By |2019-04-17T16:49:29+11:00April 17th, 2019|News|0 Comments

PCNSW Professional Education Day – AGNSW

PCNSW is holding the annual Professional Education Day at the Art Gallery of NSW during National Palliative Care Week 2019 on Friday 24th May. PCNSW is fortunate this year to be partnering with the Art Gallery of NSW. The existential aspects of Palliative Care, including bereavement, death anxiety, biography and the role of art in [...]

By |2019-05-22T16:54:29+11:00April 16th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Woven coffins and affordable funerals

Creative and emotionally healthy funerals are making waves in communities that value personal choices, resourcefulness and good old wholesome naturalness, but for reasons of expense they also appeal to blue collar workers. A rejuvenated fire station in Port Kembla, cradled between the Illawarra region's industrial centre and the sea, is home to Tender Funerals: the [...]

By |2019-04-03T15:22:03+11:00April 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Three Magical Phrases to Comfort a Dying Person

At 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, death announced it was coming for him. He was only eight years old; his cancer cells were not responding to treatment anymore. His body’s leukemic blast cell counts were doubling daily. Bone marrow was no longer making red or white blood cells, not even platelets. The marrow was [...]

By |2019-04-03T11:21:18+11:00April 3rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

National Advance Care Planning Week

National Advance Care Planning Week is an annual initiative by Advance Care Planning Australia that encourages all Australians, regardless of their age or health status, to make their future health care preferences known. One of the awkward realities of life is that we will all die one day. But a recent study of the prevalence of [...]

By |2019-04-01T16:06:58+11:00April 1st, 2019|News|1 Comment

New palliative care facility opens in Orange

Orange's long-awaited palliative care facility began a 12-month trial on Monday. The four-bed service is available to Orange Health Service patients and will be provided at Uniting's Parkwood facility in Prince Street.   A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman said the level of clinical care would be the same as patients received at the hospital. [...]

By |2019-03-28T15:46:20+11:00March 28th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Join PCNSW now and receive $200 off Oceanic Palliative Care Conference rego

Palliative Care Australia is hosting the 2019 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference in Perth from 10 - 13 September in Perth. Good news - members of Palliative Care NSW are being offered an exclusive discount of $200 off the cost of registration. If you are not currently a member, or you need to renew your membership [...]

By |2019-03-25T12:11:48+11:00March 25th, 2019|News|0 Comments

CareSearch: ‘What palliative care information is most needed by patients, carers and families?’

Trustworthy information. CareSearch shares trustworthy information on palliative care to everyone who needs it. We recently spoke with Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis, Research Associate with CareSearch about her latest project. “We are currently embarking on an engagement project with patients, carers, and families, to better understand their information needs when it comes to palliative care. This [...]

By |2019-03-22T14:33:19+11:00March 22nd, 2019|News|0 Comments