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Palliative Care Education Scholarships

We know that many people require a palliative approach to their care and may not necessarily need to be referred to a specialist palliative care service. This scholarship aims to encourage health workers working outside the speciality of palliative care to increase their knowledge and skills to take back to … Read more

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Liz Carr on Assisted Suicide

British comedian, disability rights campaigner and actor, Liz Carr, appeared in her hit show Assisted Suicide: The Musical at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, with the final performances last weekend. You can watch her interview on ABC News Breakfast (6:21), and watch her presentation to Victorian parliamentarians (34:20).

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Discounted resources for National Palliative Care Week 2017

Living, dying & grieving well PCV member organisations can request 2 boxes of this booklet free – only cover cost of postage. To take advantage of this offer please email info@pallcarevic.asn.au completing details. The Dreamers – life, death and dreams This lovely coffee table book is being offered at half … Read more

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A new $5 million fund for community palliative care agencies to provide at home palliative care

The Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, yesterday announced details of funding grants up to $50,000 for community palliative care services. Applications close 5pm on Thursday 13 April 2017. will support more Victorians with a terminal illness to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice. The new fund … Read more

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Drugs for delirium don’t work, and may in fact harm

Meera Agar, University of Technology Sydney Delirium robs dying people of their autonomy, dignity and last conversations with loved ones, at a time when every moment is precious. Symptoms are highly distressing to experience and watch. Confusion, incoherent communication, poor attention, agitation, drowsiness and hallucinations are some markers of this … Read more

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Victorian Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill

The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill 2016 passed the Parliament on 24 November, enshrining advance care directives in law. The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act creates clear obligations for health practitioners caring for people who do not have decision making capacity. The Act will ensure medical decision making … Read more

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Call for Expressions of Interest to join the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) Research Advisory Group in 2017

The PCRN vision is to foster a productive, collaborative and sustainable program of research aimed at enhancing the quality of palliative care. Our strategic objectives include: fostering capacity building via mentorship, providing development opportunities to early career researchers and creating local, national and international linkages and collaboration. The PCRN is … Read more

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Beautiful calendars – only a few left

With beautiful imagery, inspirational quotes and plenty of room to write appointments, notes and reminders, it is the perfect item to make 2017 an organised one. The Compassionate Friends 2017 calendar is now available for delivery or collection from the centre. Cost: $15ea (including postage) Here is the link to … Read more

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When I die – lessons from “the death zone”

British life peer, Philip Gould (Baron Gould of Brookwood), turned his impending death from oesophageal cancer into a campaign to help others by writing and talking about facing up to death. Filmed during the last two weeks of his life, this intimate portrait (8:50) from the aeon website reveals Gould’s … Read more

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A good death

Yong Nie, an illegal immigrant, lived hand to mouth, sleeping rough and keeping to himself for 20 years until he developed an aggressive cancer. What happened when the 68 year old turned up at the Sydney hospital emergency department close to death, in pain and fearing deportation? Kate Legge’s story … Read more

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