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New online resource in palliative care

   ‘End of Life Directions for Aged Care’ (ELDAC) aims to improve the care of older Australians. Health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families. Palliative care and advance care planning information, resources … Read more

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Tough talk: Australians urged to plan for end of life care

Australia’s inaugural Advance Care Planning Week commenced on 16 April, encouraging people of all ages to prepare their personal end of life care plans, to give certainty to themselves and their families ‘Research shows that around half of us will be incapable of making our own medical decisions as we … Read more

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Talking to kids about death

In this blog post, GP Dr Sarah Mitchell and author Juliet Clare Bell review kids picture books about death, dying and bereavement. They found more than forty books in English and have reduced this down to a recommended list of 21 books. You can read more about their choices and … Read more

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New edition of Take Control

The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) has released a new edition of the very popular publication, Take Control, updated to incorporate recent changes to the law. Take Control includes the information and forms you need to: appoint a medical treatment decision maker complete an advance care directive make an … Read more

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New national palliative care resources

Palliative Care Australia launched the 5th edition of the National Palliative Care Standards and the Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines at Parliament House this week. The new edition has reduced from thirteen to nine the number of Standards, and aligned them with other relevant Standards. PCA’s media release and a … Read more

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New resources added to Palliative Care Victoria website

Three minute videos about palliative care in 15 languages have been added to the PCV community language webpages. Available in Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Maltese, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese they complement the bilingual brochures and audio already available and can be accessed from … Read more

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Caritas Christi Hospice-video

The Kew inpatient unit is called Caritas Christi Hospice and is located at 104 Studley Park Road in Kew. Patients may be transferred from inpatient units within St Vincent’s Hospital or other hospitals, or be admitted directly from home. Patients are admitted for varying reasons including symptom management, respite, restorative … Read more

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Assistance at home for people with terminal illness

On 14 November 2017, the Andrews Labor Government announced a new (one-off) $10 million fund for not-for-profit non-government organisations to support more Victorians with life-limiting illnesses to be cared for at home as their life draws to an end. Across Victoria there are a wide range of ancillary organisations that … Read more

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New Paediatric Palliative Care Resources

The Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP launched new paediatric palliative care resources at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne on Tuesday 23 January. The resources were developed by PCA in collaboration with Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand and the project was funded by the Department … Read more

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PCA calls for palliative care to be made a national health priority

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has called on the Council of Australian Governments to recognise palliative care as a national health priority and for the federal government to appoint a national commissioner, who would address the fragmentation of services and funding. You can read more in The Age, access PCA’s 2018-19 … Read more

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