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Standing beside our frail elderly, in the centre of life

This excerpt is part of a wonderful opinion piece from the Sydney Morning Herald, written by Elizabeth Oliver - a GP and advanced trainee in Palliative Medicine A month before the aged care royal commission released its interim report, two nurses from a low-income country visited our hospital unit on an observership. They found many [...]

By |2019-11-06T15:13:05+11:00November 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report

Aged Care in Australia: A Shocking Tale of Neglect The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable, citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too [...]

By |2019-11-04T12:33:18+11:00November 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Pushing for better end of life care for people with dementia

Dementia Australia is calling on the Government of Victoria (in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government) to systematise and customise palliative and end of life care for people with dementia in a discussion paper released 30 October, at an event hosted by Parliamentary Friends of Dementia. Maree McCabe CEO Dementia Australia said in the end of [...]

By |2019-11-01T11:01:59+11:00November 1st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Cancer nurses – Save the date for the next annual congress

The Cancer Nurses Society of Australia will be holding its 23rd Annual Congress next year at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme is 'Precision Care Everywhere'. The program commences on Thursday 18 June 2020 with a series of pre-congress symposia followed by a two-day congress program featuring plenary and concurrent sessions. The congress [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:12:06+11:00October 29th, 2019|News|0 Comments

CarerHelp – New Resource

CarerHelp, a new resource to support unpaid carers, will be launched at Parliament House today during National Carers Week 2019. Developed as part of the Australian Family Carer Toolkit Project, this new resource helps to prepare unpaid carers to care for a partner, parent, child or friend at the end of life. “Caring for a relative [...]

By |2019-10-17T11:03:54+11:00October 17th, 2019|News|0 Comments

How to die a better death

A film that can be viewed at SBS on Demand asks how should we approach medical treatment when we're dying? It's a question we all have to face, but avoid talking about. Thanks to advances in modern medicine, doctors are better equipped to fight many life-threatening diseases. Their focus is saving lives. Death is something [...]

By |2019-09-23T13:09:05+11:00September 23rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

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