News & Announcements

Employment Opportunity - Clinical Nurse Consultant - Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care (Multiple Vacancies)

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Department of Health Tasmania are seeking motivated and suitably qualified applicants for two newly created roles located in the North and North West of Tasmania.

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Palliative Care Tours with Jon Baines Tours

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Palliative Care Tours with Jon Baines Tours in 2022, going to Alice Springs and Uluru, and Hungary and Romania

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Coastal doctor, nurse named among state's best palliative carers

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Two Coasters have been named as the state's most outstanding palliative care workers at the 2021 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards.

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Transforming end-of-life care

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Hollywood Private Hospital in Western Australia is transforming its approach to end-of-life care following a two-year research project.

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Statement from PCNA

Monday, 15 November 2021

Palliative Care Nurses Australia welcomes last week's announcement from the Queensland Government that commissioning starts for community-based palliative care services. The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on their commitment to invest $54.8 million to deliver community based care for individuals with life-limiting illness in regional, rural and remote Queensland.

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Flinders Uni is working to avert the aged care crisis

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Flinders University’s ongoing research endeavours in the aged care sector are small but crucial steps towards transforming the way we care for older Australians.

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Commissioning starts for community-based palliative care services

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its commitment to invest $54.8 million to deliver community-based care for individuals with a life-limiting illness in regional, rural and remote Queensland.

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Nolton Park: Horses Healing Hearts awarded Hospital Research Fund grant to continue inspiring charity work

Sunday, 7 November 2021

A legacy of love is continuing for a charity that takes miniature horses into hospitals and aged-care homes to brighten the days of those in need of a smile.

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Difficult conversations need preparation and 'tenderness', says Dr Kathryn Mannix

Thursday, 4 November 2021

When Kathryn Mannix was a junior doctor, she learnt the hard way that, when not handled carefully, a difficult conversation can be painful for both sides.

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Making palliative care about quality of life

Monday, 1 November 2021

A new framework for palliative care has been suggested, which highlights the way it can be integrated into the treatment of serious illness earlier, respond to various diagnoses, and “facilitate a response to patient and family needs throughout the care process”.

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Queensland announces specialist palliative care service

Monday, 1 November 2021

A new program to improve access to specialist palliative and end-of-life care in Queensland has been launched by the state government.

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Bert Newton, an instant hit who became Australia’s most enduring TV personality, dies aged 83

Saturday, 30 October 2021

Once the youngest radio announcer in Melbourne, Bert Newton evolved to become the most enduring media personality in the country. His prolific, multifaceted career across radio, television, stage and screen spanned more than six decades and intersected generational divides. Bob Hope once described him as “the Bob Hope of Australia”.

Newton, who has died aged 83 while undergoing palliative care in Melbourne after several years of poor health, led Australia through the early days of television on a diet of frothy, vaudevillian entertainment.

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Stunning home gardens open to help Albany Community Hospice bloom

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Some of Albany’s finest green thumbs will open their gardens over the next two weekends to raise vital funds for the Albany Community Hospice.

The Albany Community Hospice Open Garden Festival will allow the community to explore the hidden corners of seven stunning private gardens across town.

Proceeds will support the hospice which provides palliative care and specialist medical support to improve the quality of life for people with terminal, incurable illness.

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First of its kind website aims to provide resources about palliative care for kids

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

When Carla Garrett’s son, Xavier, was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a baby, there were few resources to help her understand what it meant to navigate palliative care for a child.

Now, Garrett, along with other parents who have lost their children, care providers and medical experts, are launching a website designed to support parents going through the terrifying ordeal of caring for a child who may have limited time.

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Westmead Palliative Care Unit to be re-established, despite doubt

Monday, 25 October 2021

After a two year-long public community campaign, Western Sydney Local Health District will look to reopen the Westmead Hospital Palliative Care Unit, following recommendations of an independent review.

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COVID-19's silver lining—improving cancer care

Monday, 25 October 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted unprecedented changes in cancer care in Australia, with high-value practices across all levels set to continue post-pandemic, adding considerably to optimal cancer care, according to the authors of a consensus statement published today by the Medical Journal of Australia.

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Memory Lane takes palliative care patients to happy places as final wish

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

In the final days of their lives, many find themselves in a care or health facility, reflecting on a lifetime of moments and memories in the places where they were happiest.

Memory Lane is a no-cost service that supports patients in end-of-life care to visit a place that holds meaning for them. The service is entirely donor-funded and staffed by medically trained health care professionals who volunteer their time.

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Improving How We Assess The Quality Of Death And Dying Through The ‘QualDeath’ Project

Monday, 4 October 2021

Hospitals are required to be able to demonstrate quality end of life care. Currently however, there is no standardised framework in place for evaluating the quality of death and dying for advanced cancer patients in acute hospitals.

A new collaborative project led by the Centre for Palliative Care will develop a systematic appraisal process, called QualDeath, to help address this gap.

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One day teacher, one day student: two-way learning urged in global palliative care

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Western palliative care experts and programs need to support the development of palliative care systems in poorer nations, including in the Pacific and Africa, in ways that are rooted in local experience, culture, contexts and belief systems and do not ‘other’ different ways of delivering care.

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Award for excellence in palliative care

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Palliative care is more than a job, it’s a calling.  That’s according to Dr Paula Moffat, who was recognised for Excellence in Community-Based Care by an Individual at the 2021 National Palliative Care Awards.

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Palliative care service available at Forster Private Hospital

Saturday, 18 September 2021

A palliative care doctor-in-training and palliative care nurse are working with other services to provide support for patients in the Forster-Tuncurry area.

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How do we ensure good and dignified deaths in COVID-19 and beyond?

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Palliative care has been both overwhelmed and overlooked during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the specialty has also gained important insights on the need to focus more on social justice and ensure people are still able to have good and dignified deaths and farewells “through the devastating, lonely challenges of isolation” that COVID-19 imposes.

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Employment Opportunity - Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner- Monaro Network

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Southern NSW Local Health District are seeking applicants for the role of Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner- Monaro Network.

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Employment Opportunity - Clinical Nurse Specialist - Palliative Care

Friday, 10 September 2021

Department of Health Tasmania are seeking applicants for the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist - Palliative Care to work in North West Tasmania.

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Creating a cocoon: plans underway for Australia’s first paediatric palliative care plan

Friday, 10 September 2021

The 2021 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference has heard of efforts to provide such care for children at end of life in a range of settings and locations, and through the development of Australia’s first National Paediatric Palliative Care Action Plan.

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Recognising and protecting the specialist nurse workforce

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Claire Read reports on a roundtable discussion on how to improve understanding of, and support and investment in, the clinical nurse specialist role

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Employment Opportunity - Registered Nurse - Community Palliative Care

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Department of Health Tasmania are seeking applicants for the role of Registered Nurse - Community Palliative Care to work in North West Tasmania.

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Demand for end-of-life doulas on the rise as palliative care need increases

Sunday, 1 August 2021

More people are becoming end-of-life doulas as Australia's ageing population grows

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Census to show changing needs in aged care housing and services

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Australia’s up-ended labour market in the Covid era makes this month’s Census especially timely. The National Skills Commission’s (NSC) forensic focus on regions, industries and occupations is building a clear picture of the nation’s current and future skills, education and job needs – and National Skills Commissioner Adam Boyton said accurate Census data on occupational employment by region was critical.

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Study Protocol on Ketamine for Depression in Patients With Advanced Life-Limiting Illnesses

Thursday, 29 July 2021

The study protocol for SKIPMDD, a phase II pilot feasibility study to inform the safety, tolerability and efficacy of ketamine subcutaneous infusion for major depressive disorder (MDD) in patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses, was published in BMJ Open.

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QUT researchers inducted into international nursing hall of fame

Friday, 23 July 2021

QUT cancer and palliative care researchers, Professor Jane Phillips and Professor Ray Chan are among only 20 nurse researchers worldwide to be inducted into the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame his year.

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We Need to Empower Laypeople to Care for the Dying

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

As religious affiliation drops, we need more lay caregivers for the dying.

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The unmet needs of palliative care patients

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

If palliative care were a drug, patients would be clamoring for it, providers would rely on it and more medical school graduates would be specializing in it. Palliative care has been proven to lower hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs, improve patient experience and outcomes and help people live longer.

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Golden Angels: The Greek Australians who ‘spread their wings’ over sick kids and their families

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Nothing changes if nothing changes goes the saying and a group of Greek Australian women with the name ‘Golden Angels’ are committed to making a difference in the lives of children in palliative care and their parents.

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Organisational readiness found to be main driver for good quality end-of-life care in hospitals

Thursday, 8 July 2021

How prepared and engaged a hospital is to provide end-of-life care is pivotal to the quality of care provided, a new Flinders University study has found.

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Ombudsman finds families not required to be told about death of loved ones under public guardian's care

Thursday, 8 July 2021

The people given powers to make life-and-death decisions for some of WA's most vulnerable people was never required to inform families their loved ones were dying or even dead, according to a report by the WA Ombudsman.

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Caregivers can help elders retain their dignity during intimate hygiene care, study finds

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

A study by occupational therapists details dignity-preserving best practices for providing intimate hygiene assistance at the end of life.

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Clare Holland House expansion complete

Friday, 25 June 2021

Patients, family members, carers and staff will benefit from the newly completed expansion of Clare Holland House, providing improved spaces for patient and staff to work and gather.

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Most Australians die without suitable care

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Most dying patients in Australian hospitals don't receive any palliative care, denying them a more peaceful journey towards death.

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Report calls for RNs on duty in aged care at all times

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

A New South Wales Government upper house cross-party committee has recommended the state mandate registered nurses in NSW aged care homes at all times at the appropriate level based on the number of residents.

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From the cradle to the grave health care options are limited in regional Australia

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Birth and death are two unavoidable parts of the cycle of life.  In many towns across regional and rural Queensland, however, it's difficult to be born there and dying there is expensive.

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Children’s Hospice closer to reality to help WA kids and families

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Western Australia's landmark Children's Hospice is another step closer to improving the State's capacity to provide holistic and compassionate care to WA children living with a life-limiting condition, and their families. 

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You're not my palliative care nurse - you're my pal

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Amidst the immense tragedy and sadness of caring for people with a terminal illness, one palliative care nurse has shared stories of the human resilience that have inspired her throughout her career.

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Aged care COVID vaccination blame game hits a new low — and residents are collateral damage

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Perhaps the lowest blow in the COVID aged care blame game  came when Minister Richard Colbeck suggested those nursing homes which hadn't received a single dose of the vaccine had opted out. 

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Significant increase in palliative care services provided at home

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Medicare-subsidised in-home palliative care services almost doubled between 2015–16 and 2019–20, according to a new AIHW report.

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Palliative care providers ask for more funding as South Australian voluntary euthanasia bill is debated

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Debate over euthanasia legislation will resume in SA Parliament today, but palliative care providers say an effective scheme will only be successful if quality end of life care is also available to all.

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More funding and greater awareness needed for palliative care

Monday, 24 May 2021

Rural doctors and the national peak body for palliative care have reinforced the need for families to have difficult and emotional conversations about end-of-life care to ensure patients can die with dignity.

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Push for more Qld palliative care funding

Monday, 24 May 2021

The Australian Medical Association Queensland and Palliative Care Queensland are calling for a major boost in state funding for end of life care as a voluntary assisted dying bill is tabled in parliament this week.

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New guide for families using aged care

Sunday, 23 May 2021

When someone dies in residential aged care, families and friends experience grief and loss – and some of this grief may have started earlier when the decision to move into residential aged care was made.

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Palliative Care much more than end of life care

Sunday, 23 May 2021

The AMA welcomes this year’s National Palliative Care Week, running from Sunday 23 May until Saturday 29 May. Supported by Palliative Care Australia, this year’s theme, Palliative Care. It’s more than you think, raises awareness of the potential of palliative care to give people the chance to live as well as possible for as long as possible.

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National Palliative Care Week 2021

Sunday, 23 May 2021

This week is National Palliative Care Week 2021 (23–29 May). This year's theme ‘Palliative Care It’s more than you think’ seeks to raise awareness about the many benefits of quality palliative care.

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Plans for Perth’s first children’s hospice offers respite hopes for Perth dad

Friday, 21 May 2021

Mindarie father Terry O’Neill rarely leaves his teenage daughter Emma - but Perth’s first children’s hospice could give him some much-needed respite.

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Employment Opportunity - Clinical Nurse Educator - Palliative Care

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Tasmanian Health Service is seeking experienced nurses for the role of Clinical Nurse Educator - Palliative Care to work in North West Tasmania.

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Supporting people with dementia and their carers at end of life: The Nightingale Program

Monday, 17 May 2021

When people living with the advanced stages of dementia need care – or their carers require more support – the Nightingale Program can step in with a specialised palliative care service that few can provide.

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How to care for someone in their final days

Monday, 17 May 2021

Who cares for the carer, and where can they find support at an already tough time?

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Federal budget 2021 is a missed opportunity for aged care reform

Saturday, 15 May 2021

The billions of extra dollars going into aged care has to improve the system, but it is not the "generational change" the Prime Minister is touting.

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Jean Kittson Interviews Leaders in Palliative Care 

Friday, 14 May 2021

As part of National Palliative Care Week 2021, our patron and well-known comedian Jean Kittson will chat live to some of our leaders in palliative care nursing.

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More workers and better training for aged care sector

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Almost 34,000 people will receive a subsidised training place qualifying them to work in aged care, as the Morrison government moves to upskill staff and address a worsening labour shortfall linked to Australia’s ageing population.

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Australia to build 1st palliative care hospice for young people with incurable illness

Monday, 10 May 2021

Australia's first palliative care hospice for young people with an incurable illness is scheduled to be built up in the state of New South Wales (NSW), with construction to commence shortly.

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Majority of older Australians ‘sidestepping’ end-of-life care

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

And most of the 30% with some form of advance care planning have documents that are incomplete, invalid or not legally binding, a new study finds.

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Employment Opportunity - Nursing Unit Manager - Palliative Care

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Mercy Health Albury have an opportunity for a Nursing Unit Manager to join their organisation. 

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A palliative care digital dashboard for the aged-care sector

Monday, 26 April 2021

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data shows that three in five Australians over 65 years of age were clients of an aged-care program when they died, and that 43% of all people over 65 who died were living in residential aged care.

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New BD BodyGuardTM T Arriving Soon

Friday, 23 April 2021

During the month of May, REM Systems and Palliative Care Nurses Australia will be presenting an educational webinar for the launch of the new BD BodyGuardTM T for use in Palliative Care.

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Aged care, disability workers scramble to source COVID-19 jabs

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Aged care and disability workers are scrambling to source their own COVID-19 jabs after being left behind by a slow and uncertain Commonwealth-run vaccination rollout.

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Palliative Cancer Care: 'The Glass Is Half Full'

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

While there have been advancements in palliative care programs and clinician education, more still needs to be done, one expert says.

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Employment Opportunity - Clinical Nurse Specialist Gde2, Palliative Care

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Tired of big cities? Want to start your days sitting on your deck in the sun, enjoying a cup of coffee and listening to the birds? Or would you rather have a surf or a walk along the sand before work? Wonderful beaches, world heritage-listed national parks, hinterland villages, great food and fine wine, excellent private and public schools, warm and friendly staff are all waiting for you on the North Coast.

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Aged care training set to be overhauled to include disability care and palliative care

Friday, 26 March 2021

The current Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) is set to be overhauled to allow students to be trained across both aged care and disability after the program was found wanting.

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Advance care plans on My Health Record ‘a step in the right direction’

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

One of the challenges of advance care planning is ensuring that an up-to-date copy of relevant documents, such as advance care directives, are accessible to the treating doctors.

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‘They died surrounded by family and friends (who could get leave from work if they needed)’

Monday, 22 March 2021

Currently, most Australians do not have the right to take prolonged periods of leave to care for a dying loved one, creating an emotional and financial toll for many families.

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Pandemic puts aged care on a technology fast track

Monday, 15 March 2021

The coronavirus pandemic and the looming flood of Baby Boomers into the system is fast-tracking the rollout of technology in aged care to take the sector “from the caveman to the spaceman”.

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‘A worthy vision’

Monday, 8 March 2021

The aged care royal commission has delivered a worthy vision that prompts some searching questions, write Stephen Teulan and Nikita Weickhardt.

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Hospice nurses launch contemporary model of nursing at end of life

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Nurses have the power to be “absolute change agents” in end-of-life care, according to hospice nursing leaders who are on a mission to help nurses in all sectors recognise and articulate the value the profession can bring to people during death and bereavement.

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We all hope for a ‘good death’. But many aged-care residents are denied proper end-of-life care

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Death is inevitable, and in a civilised society everyone deserves a good one. It would therefore be logical to expect aged-care homes would provide superior end-of-life care. But sadly, palliative care options are often better for those living outside residential aged care than those in it.

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Dignity in life and death: Commission recommends more nurses and palliative care

Monday, 1 March 2021

The Aged Care Royal Commission’s final report calls on the government to recognise that palliative care and end-of-life care, like dementia care, is a “core business” for aged-care providers.

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Aged Care Training Boost To Strengthen Skills And Care

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting training for aged care workers, with a major investment that will improve care for residents across Victoria.

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In Brooklyn Center, a rare hospice center for children brings families together for kinship and compassion

Friday, 19 February 2021

Katie Lindenfelser describes Crescent Cove as a circle of love, a place of joy. They're not words one might expect of a hospice and respite center for children.

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A lifeline for life’s toughest challenge

Thursday, 18 February 2021

A new online resource aimed at assisting Tasmanians providing palliative care at home care is now available as local advocates welcome the launch.

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Employment Opportunity - Quality Improvement Clinical Project Officer

Friday, 12 February 2021

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) have an opportunity for a Quality Improvement Clinical Project Officer to join their organisation. 

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Mona Vale Hospital palliative care unit unveiled

Thursday, 4 February 2021

The new inpatient building has two wings – a dedicated 10-bed palliative care unit and a 10-bed Geriatric Evaluation and Management unit – at Mona Vale Hospital.

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How ambos could help palliative care patients fulfill their wish to die at home

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

New research will investigate how paramedics can actively support the preference of a large majority of Australians with life-limiting illnesses to die at home with their loved ones. 

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‘The End’ Is Coming — How to Watch New TV Drama Series in Australia

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Foxtel’s new original drama, The End studies how we all view life and death in different ways, which makes it compelling viewing. Find out when and where to watch the first two episodes from February 2nd right here.

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Employment Opportunity - Project Coordinator

Friday, 15 January 2021

Forming part of a small, innovative and compassionate team, you will work alongside the Project Lead in contributing to a unique, one of a kind, project that will lead to achieving healthy dying for people with a disability.

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A nurse who laid the foundation for 40 years of palliative care in Australia

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Eighty-seven-year-old Katherine Kingsbury has dedicated her life to caring and advocating for the sick and dying. Throughout her long nursing career, Katherine has always held a deep commitment to improving the lives of people living at the margins of society.

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Patterns of use of palliative radiotherapy fractionation for bone metastases and 30-day mortality

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Adoption of single-fraction radiation therapy (SFRT) has not been universal in the palliative treatment of bone metastases, despite evidence supporting its safety and efficacy. The aim of this study was to assess SFRT use for bone metastases in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, and the rate of 30-day mortality (30DM).

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Film ‘The Elephant in the Room’ Shines a Light on Palliative Care

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Based on the true story of a nurse practitioner’s experiences with patients and families facing serious and terminal illnesses, the film “The Elephant in the Room” depicts the patient-centered interdisciplinary care that so many seriously ill patients need.

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Medibank eyes at-home care as insurers fight to keep members

Friday, 18 December 2020

Private health fund Medibank will focus on expanding at-home services for complex needs including palliative care and chemotherapy as the health insurance sector grapples with how to stop members from leaving the system in 2021.

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New Queensland Core Palliative Care Medicines List for Queensland Community Patients released

Thursday, 17 December 2020

The Queensland Government has partnered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and other stakeholders to develop a Core Palliative Care Medicines List for Queensland Community Patients.

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Dealing with pandemic grief and loss: some recommendations

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Recommendations for addressing the grief, bereavement and mental health consequences of COVID-19 have been put forward in a new paper launched last week at an online Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care forum.

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Palliative Care Boost To Support Terminally Ill Victorians

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding vital palliative care facilities at the Parkville Precinct.

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Caring at end of life needs more funding

Sunday, 6 December 2020

A new report has found managing compassionate end of life care needs more funding.

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Viral tweet shows dark reality for terminally ill US hospital patients

Friday, 4 December 2020

A viral tweet showing rows and rows of iPads on stands has shone a light onto the dark reality US hospital patients are facing during COVID-19.

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Cancer study: Patients want end-of-life discussion to plan care

Monday, 30 November 2020

New Australian research shows that most people with cancer and those who support them want to discuss end-of-life care, but these important advance care planning (ACP) discussions are largely not occurring with their doctor or healthcare provider.

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New report finds ‘Compassionate Communities’ resilient but under-resourced

Friday, 27 November 2020

Researchers from Western Sydney University in partnership with The GroundSwell Project, have released a new report, Researching Compassionate Communities in Australia: a short-term longitudinal study, which is the first comprehensive assessment of community-centred end of life care in Australia.

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Regional Australians to see improved access to clinical trials via telehealth program

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

When many people conjure images of living in the bush, thoughts of fresh air, clean living and good health spring to mind, but the statistics paint a very different picture.  If you live in a regional area, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures suggest you are more likely to die younger, develop cancer or chronic disease, and have less access to effective treatment than patients in the cities.

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Work under way on Fraser Coast palliative hospice

Friday, 20 November 2020

Work has begun to construct a $7 million palliative care facility for terminally ill people in Hervey Bay.

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Dementia Australia welcomes NSW government spending to improve palliative care and aged care training

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Dementia Australia welcomes the NSW Government’s budget announcement to increase support for palliative care services and invest in aged care training.

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Gold Coast palliative team making the city the best place for end of life care

Monday, 16 November 2020

WE ALL know the Gold Coast is one of the best places in the world to live, now meet the team working to make it the best place to die.  The award-winning Gold Coast Health palliative care team has made a name for itself in the end of life space as innovators, working to assist over 2000 locals and their families each year (paywall article).

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Retirement villages to play an important role in Australia’s future aged care system

Friday, 6 November 2020

A recent panel session for members of the Retirement Living Council made for interesting viewing, especially for anyone following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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End-of-life care research: need for cultural sensitivity in globalizing palliative care

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

How does palliative care develop within various cultural settings? How do local, non-institutional ideas about end-of-life care influence professional palliative care and vice versa?

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A different view of death for palliative care

Monday, 2 November 2020

At a time of year when many cultures are celebrating death, Echo photographer Eve Jeffery, a.k.a. the Tree Faerie, has won an art competition on that very subject.

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Society plans to have palliative care nurse

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Fiji Cancer Society (FCS) chief executive officer Belinda Chan says there is limited palliative care available in the country

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Industry responds to proposed reforms from Royal Commission

Friday, 23 October 2020

The industry response to the proposed recommendations to revive the aged care sector has been overwhelmingly positive, with most peak bodies feeling like the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety managed to touch on every problem area.

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How palliative care can help quality of life

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Better delivery of this overlooked service would ease family transitions and save millions of dollars in reduced hospital stays and intensive care admissions.

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Post-COVID aged care homes will be smaller, allow for easy isolation, designer predicts

Thursday, 22 October 2020

We are likely to see future aged care homes designed in pods of four-to-six bedrooms and a common lounge, writes Robert Caulfield.

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Amanda Whateley: Life as a Palliative Care Nurse

Friday, 9 October 2020

“Palliative care is not just about death. It is helping people to live while they are dying and getting the most out of life.”

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CareSearch renews palliative care awareness

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Ahead of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, CareSearch has launched the ‘Part of Life’ campaign to encourage all Australians to learn, care, and plan for death and dying.

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New portable units create instant palliative care rooms

Thursday, 1 October 2020

A husband and wife research team from Monash University have designed portable units that temporarily transform acute and sub-acute hospital rooms into palliative care spaces.

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Orange to get palliative care ward at hospital

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

A new palliative care ward is to be built at Orange Hospital, following a trial at Uniting Parkwood, an aged care facility operated by Uniting Residential Care.

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Changes made to recent opioid reforms

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Annual secondary review requirements have been relaxed, easing access concerns for palliative care patients

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Faye Douglas chose to die at home rather than risk dying alone in hospital when COVID-19 hit

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Death — and the fear of losing a loved one — are very difficult to comprehend, unless you've experienced loss previously.

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Number of Melbourne families providing palliative care at home soars under coronavirus lockdown

Thursday, 24 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed the way Victorians live, it has changed the way they are dying, with the number of families providing palliative care for loved ones at home almost doubling in some Melbourne suburbs over the past six months.

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A design for the end of life: Rethinking palliative care as a home away from home

Thursday, 17 September 2020

A picture speaks a thousand words – and Dr Nyein Chan Aung’s painting of the Melbourne hospital room says it all.

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Showtime to air ‘The End’ Dark Comedy Series in 2021

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Showtime picked up the 10-episode first season of “The End,” and plans to premiere the half-hour dark comedy series in 2021. The show stars Emmy nominee Harriet Walter and Golden Globe nominee Frances O’Connor.  “O’Connor plays Dr. Kate Brennan, an Australian-based specialist in palliative care. Euthanasia is a hot-button topic in Kate’s field of work, and she is passionate in her opposition. On the other side of the world, Kate’s mother Edie Henley (Walter) feels just as strongly about her right to die. Kate has little choice but to ship Edie out from England and deposit her in Australia’s Gold Coast in a nearby retirement community – Edie’s worst nightmare. While Kate struggles with her own problems, her children, one of whom is a teenage trans boy, are trying to work out who they are and who they want to be. THE END is a story about family, ethics and emotion, and mostly how it’s never too late to start again.”

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Close to 50% increase in end-of-life care hospitalisations

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

The growth and ageing of Australia’s population combined with more chronic and incurable illnesses has left more patients in palliative care.

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Cancer organisations’ urgent plea for support and compassion to help families care for dying loved ones

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and Canteen say more support is needed to assist Victorians who are facing end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic, with healthcare service visitor restrictions and reduced community support services placing additional strain on families.

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Death is part of the job for this Melbourne palliative care nurse. But coronavirus has been tough

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Despite death being a part of daily life for Anne Myers, she’s been shocked at the devastation created by COVID-19.

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Clare Holland House turns the sod on $6 million expansion

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Clare Holland House is one of Canberra’s true treasures: surrounded in spring by a blossoming garden and threaded through by passing walkers and cyclists along the lake shore, it’s a place of great peace for the last days of life.

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AI face analysis app helps care workers detect pain in people with dementia

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Care workers can make use of artificial intelligence (AI) to detect whether a person with dementia is feeling pain, thanks to a new app launched in the UK that can interpret facial muscle movements.

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Telehealth is an opportunity Australia cannot miss

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

With just six weeks until telehealth Medicare Benefits Scheme item numbers are set to expire, health groups are calling for the Federal Government to commit to a continuation of telehealth and to a broader digital health model for Australia.

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Why vulnerable COVID-19 infected Australian aged care patients are better off being kept in homes

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Vulnerable coronavirus patients are often better off being kept in isolation in aged care homes than being transferred to hospital which would risk them spreading COVID-19, a leading medical researcher has said.

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South Australian nurses tending dying Victorians warn their home state to stay vigilant against COVID-19

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

South Australian nurses arrived to “unstable” conditions in Victorian aged care homes – providing end-of-life support and comforting relatives by video. But they’re starting to turn the situation around, and need us to stay vigilant back home (Subscriber Only)

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COVID-19 drives home the importance of palliative care

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Apply enough pressure to even the most robust systems and cracks will begin to appear. That is what emergencies and natural disasters do - stretch systems and people beyond breaking point, exposing hidden flaws and exacerbating existing weaknesses.

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Western Australia set to welcome first children’s hospice

Friday, 7 August 2020

The McGowan Government has today announced Western Australia’s first children’s hospice to provide care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

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Central Coast Palliative Care: Dedicated unit to be built at Gosford Hospital

Thursday, 16 July 2020

The fight for a dedicated hospice on the coast – somewhere for people to die with dignity – has ended today, with the news everyone has been waiting for

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Albany Community Hospice heals the spirit of patients with dedicated Good Spirit room

Thursday, 16 July 2020

A special room at Albany Community Hospice is giving patients emotional and spiritual healing that goes beyond the physical treatment norms of palliative care.

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Caring for the Terminally Ill in Prison

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

New research highlights the opportunities to improve care for people in prison who are dying from a progressive, life-limiting illness

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Palliative nursing's role during COVID-19 and beyond

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

As a rapid influx of patients overwhelmed health systems during the coronavirus pandemic, palliative nurses played dual roles supporting patients, patient families, and colleagues.

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Funding boost for Ipswich Hospice Care in trying times

Sunday, 12 July 2020

The vital service helps 200 locals every year free of charge. A timely financial boost will allow them to keep doing their essential work.

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This Palliative Care Doctor Wants To Change People's Minds About COVID-19

Friday, 10 July 2020

Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients facing serious illnesses and these days, that includes COVID-19.

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Treating dying people in hospices during Covid-19 is breaking me

Thursday, 9 July 2020

The restrictions over visitors are necessary but go against the whole ethos of the hospice and what we do

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Virtual reality simulators help patients tick items off bucket list

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

In a first for Gold Coast palliative care, virtual reality simulators are helping patients tick off some items on their bucket list

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Employment Opportunity: Clinical Nurse Consultant - Palliative Care

Monday, 6 July 2020

Anglicare Sydney have an opportunity for a Clinical Nurse Consultant specialising in Palliative Care to join their organisation. 

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Weddin Palliative Care Volunteers celebrated

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Despite the COVID-19 shutdown the Grenfell Palliative Care Volunteers program passed its first milestone, having been run in the town for a year.

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Modern aged and palliative care facility on track for Carnarvon

Friday, 26 June 2020

A brand new 38-bed residential aged and palliative care facility for Carnarvon is a step closer, with local Mid-West business Crothers Construction Pty Ltd awarded the tender, enabling residents to occupy the facility in early 2022.

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Why some with chronic pain will only get half of their regular medication

Sunday, 21 June 2020

The health of people with chronic conditions who use prescription opioids for pain relief is being put at risk by changes made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration limiting the amount that can be issued at one time, advocates say.

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The Pandemic Broke End-of-Life Care

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

In a Boston ICU, staff members orchestrate goodbyes over Zoom and comfort patients who would otherwise die alone.

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Health project looks to improve palliative care and services for Indigenous Australians

Monday, 15 June 2020

Nepean Hospital and Western Sydney University have launched a health care study for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people.

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"She wasn't alone": To the palliative care workers, who helped my aunt die with dignity.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

"As my aunty Rosemary lay unresponsive in her hospital bed, I didn’t realise that it would be her last day with us. But you did."

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Home hospice service extended for Eyre Peninsula

Friday, 5 June 2020

The community service which provides support to locals who want to live in their own homes during palliative care has been extended.

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New charity to help fulfil people’s dying wishes

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Ambulance Wish Western Australia launched its fundraising and sponsorship program during National Palliative Care Week at the end of May 2020. 

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SA funds innovative palliative care projects

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Helping Hand Aged Care has received a $126,000 grant from the South Australian government to implement its Right Place, Right Care project in collaboration with the Northern Adelaide Palliative Service, SA Ambulance Service and Registry of South Australians.

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Approaching palliative care conversations with loved ones

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

A particularly poignant topic at the moment with the restrictions on access to aged care facilities due to COVID-19, the last week has been National Palliative Care Week.

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Palliative Care Victoria wants community to realise the breath of their work

Saturday, 30 May 2020

A campaign is aiming to increase awareness around the profound work of our palliative care workers.

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Resources support end-of-life family carers

Friday, 29 May 2020

Caring for a family member is described by many as one of life’s toughest challenges. With this in mind, thousands of family carers across Australia are the focus of a campaign to empower them with the knowledge to provide high-quality care while supporting their mental health.

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Take time to find out about palliative care

Friday, 29 May 2020

Albany Community Hospice wants the public to learn about the benefits of palliative care and early referrals during National Palliative Care Week.

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Ballarat Hospice has seen an increased demand for palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, more people with terminal illnesses have chosen to die at home or stay at home longer than they perhaps might have first planned.

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Palliative Care, it’s a Human Right

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is recognising Australian Pharmacists, other health professionals and carers who support patients and their families during end of life.

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Palliative care sanctuary underway at VMCH

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

VMCH has commenced the $8.8 million construction of the 22-bed palliative care facility O’Neill Comfort Care Centre in Prahran, Victoria.

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Australia's palliative care system needs dramatic overhaul, report says

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

A new report is calling for a dramatic overhaul of the system to meet the challenges of an aging population and unexpected stresses, such as COVID-19.

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Palliative Care Week breaks down misconceptions

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Palliative Care has been a big topic in Australia over the last several months due to COVID-19, and this year's National Palliative Care Week, running from 24-30 May, hopes to clear up some of the misconceptions that the community has about palliative care.

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Federal grant for Sydney palliative experts

Friday, 22 May 2020

Health and welfare professionals around the country will benefit from the work of a Catholic university and hospital in Sydney to boost the mental health and wellbeing of people toward the end of their lives.

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Dance makes it all better (almost): remembering Jules Domigan

Monday, 11 May 2020

What do you when you’re 35 years old and in palliative care during COVID-19? You dance, of course.

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'No one dies alone': Hospitals look for solutions to connect dying COVID-19 patients with families

Monday, 27 April 2020

Being unable to hold your loved one’s hand or kiss them goodbye as they die alone in a hospital bed is perhaps the most brutal and devastating hallmark of coronavirus.

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We need to talk about COVID-19 deaths

Monday, 27 April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a national rethink on how society manages death and dying, at the same time as Flinders University has launched research into how people are coping with the trauma of losing loved ones at a time of social distancing.

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'No one dies alone': Hospitals look for solutions to connect dying COVID-19 patients with families

Monday, 27 April 2020

The separation between the dying and their families is something Australian hospitals are desperately trying to avoid as they work to find solutions to allow people to say their final goodbyes without risking their own infection.

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Barwon Health palliative care patients access new virtual reality therapy

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

From exploring space to touring international cities, Geelong palliative care ­patients are benefiting from a program using virtual reality technology.

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Does anyone know what your wishes are if you’re sick and dying from coronavirus?

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

With more than 170,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide so far, including 71 in Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of talking to your loved ones about dying and your wishes at the end of your life.

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Kittson shares guide to care for ageing parents

Sunday, 5 April 2020

IF you are experiencing your fifth or sixth decade of life, then it's likely you will understand the meaning of "Sandwich Generation'' perhaps even a tad too well!

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We need to stop thinking of the elderly as a burden

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Click here to read an edited extract from We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad by our Patron Jean Kittson, on sale now.

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PCNA 2020 New Dates Announced

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Due to the evolving global medical crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its current escalation in Australia, the PCNA 2020 Organising Committee has postponed the conference that was due to take place in May 2020.

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Friday, 20 March 2020

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PCNA 2020 Conference Update: COVID-19 Outbreak

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Please read this important update about the PCNA 2020 Conference.

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What it’s really like to make end-of-life decisions for a loved one

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Did you know that almost one in two of us will be unable to make our own medical decisions at the end of our lives?

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Barossa Village Inc host informative Palliative Care Symposium

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Ongoing networks and education on "end of life care" in the region was achieved during a Palliative Care Symposium held in the Barossa last week.

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Input sought to inform palliative care strategy

Friday, 14 February 2020

The Department of Health has launched two surveys seeking information from all aged care providers and individuals to help understand the demand and supply of palliative care services.

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Palliative Care ACT's well-regarded Life Stories program is running out of funding and asking for your help to keep it going

Thursday, 13 February 2020

A Canberra program that gives people with a life-limiting illness, including children, the opportunity to tell their life stories and, in doing so, reminisce, reflect, celebrate and perhaps reach a level of acceptance before they die, is in danger of closing, as its funding is due to run out at the end of March.

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Camden Hospital palliative care unit to be upgraded

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Camden Hospitals palliative care unit is about to under go a makeover.

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Palliative care wards at Parkes and Orange hospitals revamped

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

As Parkes awaits for a birthing service to return to the Parkes Hospital, in the meantime the facility's palliative care ward is about to receive a face lift.

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SA govt to fund innovative palliative care projects

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

The South Australian health department has launched a $16-million-grants program to improve access to palliative care services including in residential aged care homes.

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$375k boost to palliative care services at Port Kembla, Berry hospitals

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Palliative care patients at Port Kembla and David Berry Hospitals' palliative care units will benefit from a nearly $375,000 boost from the NSW Government.

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Goulburn Palliative Care workshop seeks feedback on service

Friday, 7 February 2020

A workshop will be held in Goulburn on Thursday, February 13 to gain input from people with an interest in end-of-life care.

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Palliative care patients at hospital to receive better creature comforts

Thursday, 6 February 2020

AS Orange awaits a result on a palliative care trial at Uniting Parkwood, palliative care wards at Orange Health Service are about to receive a facelift.

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Employment Opportunity: Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

WA Health are currently seeking to appoint a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner to assist with developing and leading the exciting expansion of Palliative Care services to regional and remote WA.

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End-of-life care is vital. Why is it so neglected?

Friday, 31 January 2020

Britain’s palliative care services depend for funding on the charity of the public – that is a national travesty

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Western LHD extends palliative care trial to June

Thursday, 30 January 2020

A trial providing end-of-life care to patients in Orange has received a three-month extension, but the push remains to make it a permanent service.

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Dr Frank Brennan receives 2020 Australia Day honour for his work in palliative care

Sunday, 26 January 2020

The death of his brother, Tom, to cancer when he was just 11 left a lasting impression on Dr Frank Brennan.

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Australian Doctors Orchestra proceeds go to Push for Palliative

Friday, 24 January 2020

LESS than 80 tickets remain to see the nation's best doctors prove their musical skills.  The Australian Doctors Orchestra has chosen to perform its first concert of the year at Orange Civic Theatre, on March 15.

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Living and dying in comfort for diverse populations

Friday, 10 January 2020

No one should be excluded from receiving aged care and palliative care support, yet older people may face barriers in accessing services due to their culture, religion, finances, gender, sexuality and/or location.

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Ministry on death and dying teaches people how to plan for the end of life

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Bethel AME Church in Boston helps members plan for the end of their lives with a three-part program that is practical and spiritual. The ministry is in keeping with the church’s focus on health and wellness.

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Holidays a good time to talk about end of life care

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Death and dying may not sound like the traditional holiday conversation topics, but the holiday season provides the perfect opportunity for family members to consider how they would like to be cared for at the end of life.

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Ambulance Wish Qld needs donations to keep granting last wishes

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

A Queensland service that grants last wishes to the terminally ill has barely got off the ground, but is facing hurdles of its own.

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PCNA Member wins Queensland palliative care award

Friday, 6 December 2019

Nurse Practitioner Faye Tomlin was named winner of Palliative Care Queensland’s Excellence in Palliative Care Rural and Remote Award in Brisbane last weekend.

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Cootamundra Nursing Home receives truckload of items from Shannon's Bridge

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

A Victorian family's love for Shannon McKnight, their 19-year old daughter who died from leukaemia in 2016, has resulted in a Cootamundra Nursing Home gaining free equipment to set up a palliative care room.

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PCNA joins European Association for Palliative Care

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

PCNA is delighted to announce that we have joined the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) as a national association member.

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Enough of the euphemisms. Let’s talk about death openly and honestly

Saturday, 30 November 2019

We no longer feel comfortable naming death, and we’ve lost the etiquette that told us how to support the dying and bereaved.

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Dying to Yarn symposium opens conversation around Indigenous palliative care

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Over 200 Indigenous and non-Indigenous health professionals, Elders and community members from across Australia met to discuss palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities earlier this month.

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Meet George the deaf bulldog who visits patients in palliative care

Monday, 25 November 2019

At a hospital on the NSW south coast, a deaf bulldog called George is putting a smile on the faces of patients in palliative care.

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12th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society

Monday, 4 November 2019

In July 2020, the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) are pleased to be hosting the 12th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society

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Cancer Council NSW's New Podcast Series

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Cancer Council NSW has recently launched its new podcast series, The Thing About Advanced Cancer, focusing on the challenges surrounding a diagnosis of advanced cancer.  

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Lobster for Josino: Fabulous food for our final days. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

An executive chef, a palliative care consultant, a dietician and a speech pathologist teamed up to write an award-winning cook book that ensures that food and drink continue to be a positive part of life right to the end.

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Employment Opportunity - Nurse – Division 1

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Eastern Palliative Care is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers home-based palliative care to clients and their families living within the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

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Palliative care is enabling patients in Orange to choose where to die

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

The future of end of life palliative care in Orange will be spread across a range of services, the region's strategy manager said on Wednesday.

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Call for Abstracts

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

The Conference Program Committee is inviting abstracts for the upcoming Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference "2020 Who Year of the Nurse, Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing" to be held in Melbourne on the 3rd and 4th May 2020.

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Aussie mum launches charity for paediatric palliative care after daughter's death

Thursday, 1 August 2019

“WHEN you’re told your child is going to die, you’re suddenly parenting without a future, and so you’re not parenting … You’re actually saying goodbye.”

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Palliative care an emerging speciality in health field

Thursday, 25 July 2019

When Margo Baker was in her second year of her registered nursing degree, she had an experience that changed the course of her career.

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2019 International Educator Tour - Current Issues and Trends in Grief Support

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Coming to: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth

July and August 2019

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Employment Opportunity - Palliative Care - Staff Nurses

Monday, 1 July 2019

Do you wish to nurse where patients and families always come first?  St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Clydebank, Scotland is looking for Compassionate Caring individuals, enthusiastic about delivering care to patients with life limiting illnesses.

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The cottage that makes moments heartbroken parents will treasure forever

Friday, 28 June 2019

Bear Cottage is one of only three children's hospices in Australia, but it's nothing like a hospital or what you'd imagine palliative care to be.

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Palliative Care in North India Study Tour, 15–29 March 2020

Monday, 24 June 2019

Learn of palliative care in India on this new study tour ledby educator David Oliviere.  

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Meet the Wimmera nurses making end-of-life care comfortable

Friday, 31 May 2019

It takes a special person to be a palliative care nurse, and Wimmera Health Care Group's Maire Coffey and Clare Petering are proof of that.

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Nurses are essential to delivery of quality palliative care

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

All Australians have the right to be treated with dignity and best practice care during their final days, weeks and months of life and this will require significant evolution of the health care system to enable nurses to lead the delivery of palliative care.

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Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019 - Save the Date!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Palliative Care Nurses Australia is hosting a Pre-Conference Workshop on September 10, 2019.

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Palliative care nurse Nikki Johnston wins national trailblazer award

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Congratulations to palliative care nurse Nikki Johnston, who has won the inaugural federal Health Minister's Award for Nursing Trailblazers.

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Macksville's Cooper St Op-Shop gives a gift to the dying

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The Macksville Opportunity Shop has transformed donations of pre-loved clothing into a $10,000 donation to Macksville District Hospital's Palliative Care Service.

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Dedicated palliative care wing opens for Kimba residents

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The last few moments with a family member or friend is hard, but knowing they are comfortable, provides some solace.

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More needed in Budget for dementia support and palliative care

Friday, 5 April 2019

With gaps in vital aged care initiatives following the announcement of the Federal Budget 2019-20 highlighted by peak industry and consumer bodies, dementia and palliative care peak bodies say more needs to be done to support older Australians in these key support areas.

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Employment Opportunity: Associate Professor, Palliative Care Nursing

Monday, 1 April 2019

The University of Notre Dame has a position vacant for an Associate Professor, Palliative Care Nursing at it's Sydney campus.

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What will emerging technologies mean for the future of palliative care?

Thursday, 28 March 2019

New and emerging technologies are developing at a rapid rate.  This is already leading to new frontiers in the diagnosis of illness and the options available for treatment together with helping individuals better maintain their own health and wellbeing. 

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Scholarships aim to close gaps in palliative care services

Friday, 22 March 2019

Aged care nurses are among those awarded scholarships to complete postgraduate palliative care programs under a new initiative that aims to improve end-of-life care across settings.

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Comedian Stephen K Amos lends support for Palliative Care Tasmania

Friday, 22 March 2019

Stephen K Amos is known for making people smile, but the British comedian is now using his platform for something more serious.

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Living and dying in the place that matters most

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Based in Alice Springs NT, Purple House is a not-for profit organisation that supports remote Indigenous people, who are up to 50 times more likely to experience end-stage kidney disease than non-Indigenous Australians.

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Tip sheets support care workers, nurses to deliver quality palliative care

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Aged care’s palliative care evidence and practice resource centre has developed two new resources to help aged care nurses and care workers provide quality end-of-life care to residents.

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A Lasting Tale

Friday, 1 March 2019

“It is not until we have lost someone that we really understand the power of a voice. The desire to just hear that voice one more time. The ability of a voice to evoke the love you shared.”

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Palliative Care Australia launches two key documents to improve palliative care for all Australians

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) have launched the 5th edition of the National Palliative Care Standards (the Standards) and the Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines (the Guidelines).

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Collegian Special Issue on: Palliative Care

Monday, 25 February 2019

Collegian has a call for manuscripts for its Special Issue on palliative care, which has been extended until the 31 May 2019.  If you or your colleagues have a manuscript in preparation that fits this call, we encourage you to submit it for consideration.  The peer review process will be very timely and if accepted it will be in print by the end of December 2019.

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New palliative care forum to help give Canberrans best possible death

Sunday, 24 February 2019

The inaugural ACT End of Life and Palliative Care Forum was held recently and brought together a broad spectrum of clinicians involved in caring for patients at the end of their life.

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Additional 100 palliative care nurses across NSW

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Thousands of families with loved ones with a life-limiting illness will receive more choice about the help they need from an additional 100 palliative care nurses at refurbished facilities under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

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Happy New Year from PCNA

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

PCNA would like to wish all of our members a happy and safe 2019. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come.

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Have you verified your PCNA account?

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Our new PCNA Website launched in October.  Your member profile was transferred to the new website, however, all accounts must be verified in order to access the member's area.

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Queensland Inquiry into End of Life Care

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

On November 14 2018, the Queensland Paliament agreed to a motion moved by the Premier, Anna Palaszczuk for an inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care.

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Sector heads talk barriers to boosting aged care clinical placements

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Universities are keen to work with the aged care sector to expand the number of placements on offer to health professional students.

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Bring on the royal commission, but we have a plan to act on aged care right now

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Shifting negative attitudes towards ageing, the elderly, death and dying is a social challenge and key to an effective aged care workforce strategy.

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We’ve had 20 aged care reviews in 20 years – will the royal commission be any different?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Previous reviews into aged care have come up with findings sure to be repeated in the royal commission.

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Australia’s aged care residents are very sick, yet the government doesn’t prioritise medical care

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The situation for older Australians isn’t what was envisioned when the Aged Care act was introduced in 1997.

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Looking for a nursing home place for your parent with dementia? Here’s what to consider

Friday, 29 July 2016

What should families consider when seeking care for someone with dementia?

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Is there such a thing as a good death?

Friday, 2 October 2015

Click on the link to hear our President Jane Phillips on ABC's The Drum, talking about "A good death".


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