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Talking palliative care over the airwaves

ABC Radio’s PM program is running a series on palliative care. This week’s program covered how to deliver a good death, palliative care, and what more can be done to improve access to those missing out. Listen to Part One (6:26) and Part Two (6:12) of the series.

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Dr Seuss does Advance Directives

Tim Boon is the CEO of a non-profit community hospice and palliative care in Massachusetts. He is also fast becoming an internet legend with this humorous and very clever performance. View it here (5:30)

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SPICT4ALL

SPICT4ALL has been added to the palliAGED pages. Based on the original SPICT tool designed to help health professionals identify people who might benefit from palliative care and appropriate planning for future care, SPICT4ALL has been ‘de-medicalised’ for use by patients, family carers and staff working in health and care.

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How to achieve a ‘good death’

Two intensive care specialists urge us to start thinking about our ‘end-of-life’ stage before we get there. They caution that our personal wishes will not be prioritised if plans have not been discussed with family members beforehand. Listen ABC RN (25mins)

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Small Actions, Big Difference

Dementia Awareness Month is held each year in September. Its aim is to encourage all Australians to become more aware of dementia, to get a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and how we can support people living with dementia. Visit the website for further … Read more

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Facial recognition pain tool rolling out nationally

 A tool that uses facial recognition software to detect pain in the elderly and people with dementia is making its way across Australian residential aged care villages. Known as PainChek, its national rollout via Dementia Support Australia (DSA) is now underway for 150 consultants caring for up to 5000 people with … Read more

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PCV Life Membership Call for Nominations

The PCV Board invites nominations for the award of PCV Life Membership in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to palliative care and the palliative approach in Victoria. Information about the selection criteria and nomination process is available here. Nominations close at 5.00 pm on Friday, 31st August 2018.

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PCOC Annual Report

This 2017 PCOC report highlights key achievements of the program and participating palliative care services and is available here.

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New dementia resource

Dementia Australia has launched a new resource that provides dementia-specific information to help support people living with dementia who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI), their care partners, family and friends.  You can access the guide and other LGBTI dementia resources here.

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PCA & its Members a United Voice in Canberra

This week, the CEOs of PCA and its state and territory member organisations, held worthwhile meetings in Canberra seeking increased support for palliative care with the Minister for Health, Hon. Greg Hunt, the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Hon. Ken Wyatt, Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the … Read more

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