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CALLS FOR PALLIATIVE CARE REFORM IN POST COVID-19 WORLD

A new report released today has called for an overhaul of the palliative care system in Australia, calling for an additional annual investment of $365 million to bring the system up to speed in a post COVID-19 world. The report is also calling for a national agreement on palliative care between the Commonwealth and the [...]

By |2020-05-26T13:29:37+10:00May 26th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19

The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ has been released by 13 aged care peak bodies and consumer advocacy organisations. The Code creates a nationally consistent approach that ensures residents can receive visitors while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Code, a suggestion of COTA Australia, was finalised after public [...]

By |2020-05-13T12:23:41+10:00May 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+10:00January 29th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Living Longer Is Not Enough: The Case For Aging Well

One of the greatest achievements to come of modern medicine is that humans are living longer than ever. Life expectancy is reaching new heights and showing no sign of dropping. More years to live, naturally, means more years spent in old age. It means more time to accumulate wisdom, and more time to share it with [...]

By |2020-01-14T14:54:05+10:00January 14th, 2020|News|0 Comments

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+10:00November 6th, 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+10:00October 17th, 2019|News|0 Comments

What do Aboriginal Australians want from their aged care system? Community connection is number one

The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is ageing at a much faster rate than the non-Indigenous population. Aboriginal Australians record high mid-life rates of multiple chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke, lung disease, and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, for example, is more than twice as common in the Indigenous population than the non-Indigenous population. [...]

By |2019-07-03T18:31:03+10:00July 5th, 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