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Dear Life by Rachel Clarke review

A medic’s heartbreaking personal account of the loss of her father, and of witnessing the courage of the critically ill. Part-way through this memoir of hospice medicine and living with loss, Rachel Clarke lists a few troubling ideas she prefers to avoid thinking about: global warming, far-right populism, email overload, menopause, declining numbers of bees and, of [...]

By |2020-02-13T11:14:25+11:00February 13th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Interview – Dr Rachel Clarke: ‘Wrinkles, middle age, grey hairs… these are reasons to celebrate’

Dr Rachel Clarke worked as a television documentary-maker before deciding – as a GP’s daughter, this was always on the cards – to study medicine. She now specialises in palliative care, partly because it is centred on the patient rather than on any disease. It is impossible to overstate the qualities that make Clarke a [...]

By |2020-01-29T10:30:26+11:00January 29th, 2020|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

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