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The future of the social organisation of end of life care

Urgent questions are raised by the major challenges of our “ageing” societies’ organisation of care: frailty, dementia, social isolation, families’ decreasing capacity to care, care migration, disappearance of social infrastructure in rural regions, digitalization, and controversial political and social-ethical orientations: • How can we ensure social participation in all phases of life, especially by marginalised [...]

By |2019-09-12T14:09:51+11:00September 12th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Palliative Care Australia Updates Position Statement on Voluntary Assisted Dying and Palliative Care

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) Board Chair Dr Jane Fischer says the organisation has updated its position statement on Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying for the first time since 2016, in light of the legislative change in Victoria and the current parliamentary action on the issue in other jurisdictions. “This position statement is the culmination [...]

By |2019-09-13T11:19:35+11:00September 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Sometimes Treating Pain Is As Important As Treating Disease

Amy Berman of New York City had been living with inflammatory breast cancer for about five years when, during a ride on the Q train one day in 2014, she noticed a pain in her back. Berman is a registered nurse and, at first, she thought it was a fracture. The cancer had already metastasized [...]

By |2019-09-03T12:28:46+11:00September 3rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

PAUSE – Engaging with art and creating a time and space for self-care

Do you care for someone who is dying? Is self-care something you would like to make time for? Palliative Care NSW and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) are working together to offer an arts engagement program specifically for carers engaging in Palliative Care. This free 4-week program is open to members and [...]

By |2019-08-28T15:37:35+11:00August 28th, 2019|News|2 Comments

How Play School’s Little Ted is helping parents and kids talk about death and grief

From Mufasa in The Lion King to the loss of Bambi's mother, death is never far from a children's film. Yet for many parents, figuring out the right time — and language — to explain the cycle of life can be extremely challenging, especially when it comes after a death that's closer to home than [...]

By |2019-08-13T16:49:58+11:00August 13th, 2019|News|0 Comments

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

Dying To Know Day – August 8

Dying To Know Day is designed to encourage communities to become more death literate. But what does being 'death literate' mean exactly? WHAT IS DEATH LITERACY? It’s the practical know-how needed to plan well for end of life. This includes knowledge, skills, and being able to take action. Getting involved in end of life care [...]

By |2019-08-05T13:29:59+11:00August 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Best practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care

Under the theme – Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future – NAIDOC Week 2019 will be held nationally from Sunday 7 July and continue through to Sunday 14 July. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are under-represented in palliative and end-of-life services. Quality care at end of life can only be achieved [...]

By |2019-07-09T12:03:41+11:00July 9th, 2019|News|0 Comments