Euthanasia No Substitute For Palliative Care

Associate Professor Richard Chye is director of palliative care at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and a member of Palliative Care Australia’s Board. The first person I had to tell they were dying was my father, I’ll never forget it. He was 46 and suffering from kidney cancer; I was a 20-something…...

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Palliative care for people with psychiatric illnesses in India

Psychiatric disorders cause considerable burden on individuals, families and societies causing a great deal of suffering. Human, social and financial resources are needed to provide access to effective and humane treatment for people with these disorders.  This burden reaches an enormous magnitude in a country like India. The palliative care…...

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Changes to superannuation entitlements for people who are terminally ill

Under changes introduced on 1 July 2015, Australians with a life expectancy of two years or less will now be able to access their superannuation early on hardship grounds. Previously, only those who had 12 months or less to live could get early release of their superannuation. Slater and Gordon…...

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National palliative care training for regional, rural services

Some 900 rural and regional health, aged and community care workers nationally will be the initial target of cutting-edge training being developed to support the psychological needs of terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. The capacity-building program, which is being developed and delivered by regional and rural community care aged…...

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$52 million for projects, hospital guidelines among initiatives announced in Palliative Care Week

Regional and rural community care aged provider and training organisation integratedliving Australia is among recipients of $52 million in Commonwealth Government funding for projects to improve palliative care education and training for health and aged care workers. The 12 winning projects, which also aim to raise awareness of end-of-life choices…...

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Amaranth Forms Partnership with the Mental Health Practitioner Network (MHPN)

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) is a federally-funded initiative targeted at improving interdisciplinary practice and collaborative care in the primary mental health care sector. It does this by supporting two platforms through which mental health practitioners can engage in networking and professional development activities that directly promote interdisciplinary practice…...

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Things I MUST do for the people who are important to me.

What if you had an accident or became so unwell that you were unable to speak for yourself? What sort of medical care would you want?  Who would you want to make decisions for you?  Have you spoken to your family or doctor about this? An Advance Care…...

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NSW Ambulance Authorised Adult Palliative Care Plan

This plan specifically authorises NSW Ambulance paramedics to deliver individually tailored treatment to patients based on their GP’s orders as documented in the plan. Caring for an individual with palliative care needs can be a complex undertaking. At some stage in the progression of an individual’s illness, the decision may…...

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