The essence of palliative care nursing

Janeane Harlum, District Palliative Care Manager & Service Development at South Western Sydney Local Health District and President for Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) has written for the CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives. Rewards of being a palliative care nurse The World Health Organization (WHO) describes nursing as encompassing autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of [...]

By |2021-02-05T14:18:27+10:00February 5th, 2021|News|0 Comments

$56 million funding boost for Palliative Care Supports

The NSW Government has announced another boost in funding to assist people approaching their end of life. The $56 million is being allocated from the 2020-21 NSW Budget in addition to the $220 million invested annually in palliative care. From July 1 2021, an additional 5000 End of Life home support packages will be made [...]

By |2020-11-05T13:40:19+10:00November 5th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Determining the Best Place to Die for Patients With Cancer

Studies have shown a disconnect between where patients say they want to die and where they actually die. According to research from Stanford School of Medicine, although an overwhelming majority of Americans—about 80%—would prefer to die at home, just 20% do. In fact, 60% die in acute care hospitals, and 20% die in nursing homes. [...]

By |2020-07-14T12:46:18+10:00July 14th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Royal Commission into Aged Care – Deadline extended

Deadline for aged care submissions extended to 30 June 2020. The deadline for submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will be extended by two months to 30 June 2020. Last week the Commissioners suspended all hearings, workshops and group consultations of the Royal Commission for the time being, subject to [...]

By |2020-03-26T09:48:28+10:00March 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|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+10:00November 1st, 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+10:00September 12th, 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+10:00August 5th, 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+10:00June 19th, 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+10:00April 23rd, 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+10:00April 3rd, 2019|News|0 Comments
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