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Palliative Care team launch their new website

Paediatric Palliative Care : The Palliative Care Team at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Palliative Care Australia, have collaborated with Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand in launching a new website. Information is also available for health professionals to better support families and provide quality paediatric palliative care. The … Read more

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ABC 7.30 Report features EPC Biography Program

Congratulations to Eastern Palliative Care for such great coverage of their Volunteer Biography Program on the 7.30 Report on ABC on Tuesday. If you missed it, read about the difference this has made for Natalie and her family (pictured) and others in the online story.

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Supporting ATSI people at EOL

Last week, Hon Ken Wyatt launched a new portal to assist health professionals caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the end of life, their families and communities. It covers culturally appropriate palliative and EOL care; grief and bereavement; and planning ahead. Access the Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet … Read more

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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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