What don’t we need to do in palliative care research?

I’ve heard the question of what should we be doing in future research many times. But are there things we should not be doing in palliative care research? I’ve only heard this question asked once in a formal conference setting, and it elicited mostly stunned silence, followed by varying levels of opposition and attempts to reframe the question.

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Palliverse researchers database update


(Image: University of Michigan Library Card Catalog by dfulmer / CC BY)

The latest update of the Palliverse researchers database is here! Our numbers continue to grow and we will be talking about (and hopefully recruiting for) the database as a poster presentation at the upcoming Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Come and say hello in person if you will also be attending!

Once again, if you’ve have any stories associated with the database, we’d love to know! Email us at Palliverse@gmail.com

Happy Easter everyone!

ANZSPM Update 2015 – Registrations Now Open

I thoroughly recommend this course by ANZSPM in Melbourne 18 -20 June. Aimed at medical practitioners and nurse practitioners, it offers “two full days of state of the art educational updates in areas relevant to practitioners who work in, or have an interest in, Palliative Medicine.”

This is the third medical and surgical update for palliative medicine peeps that has been offered.  I have attended in the past and found it really worthwhile.

There is an associated trainees day and supervisor’s workshop


email anzspm@willorganise.com.au


Elsewhere in the Palliverse – weekend reads


I’d recommend the current issues of New Philospher (#7: Health) and Quarterly Essay (#57: Dear Life) for some palliative care-related reading. If you can’t make it to the book shop here are some online reads:

Truly beautiful words – Before I Go: A Stanford neurosurgeon’s parting wisdom about life and time. (The Washington Post)

EAPC has a new blog series from the patient and carer perspective! (Palliative Stories, EAPC Blog)

The Trouble With Advance Directives. (NY Times)

A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked. (Washington Post)

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Palace of Care/I think therefore I am? – Announcement

Head in HandsPhoto by Alex Proimos under Flicker Creative Commons

To my Palliverse team-mates and our internet friends,

I just wanted to say that it has been a real pleasure working with you all on our Palliverse adventure.

I think we all deserve to give ourselves pats on our backs as we have achieved a lot in our limited collected spare time.

Unfortunately I will have to leave the team, and I apologize in advance for doing it in such a public fashion.

I have thought long and hard about it and with much regret I have to make the right decision for myself and my young family, at this stage in our lives.

It is with a heavy heart that I must bid you all farewell for now. It has been fun while it has lasted and I’ve been very fortunate to have you all in my Palliative Care life. Continue reading

#PCRNV15 Forum


Thanks to everyone who joined us in person or online today for our presentation at the PCRNV Forum. A special mention must go to James for his great webinar effort! Here is the transcript and analytics for you to enjoy! If you would like to join the Researchers Database, please fill in this Database invitation and send it back to us at Palliverse@gmail.com

Palliative care funding opportunities update


(Image by by Jeff Belmonte)


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Using social media to enhance your clinical and research practice #PCRNV15

PCRNV logo

Team Palliverse is excited to be presenting at the upcoming Palliative Care Research Network Victoria (PCRNV) Forum on March 24th at 5pm AEDT (2pm AWST; 7pm NZDT). We will be talking about the use of social media in palliative care research and clinical practice. Join us in person, via webinar or on twitter!

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Recognising Health – even at the end of life

Recently I had the great privilege of attending the launch of the Lowitja Institute’s Recognise Health campaign at Parliament House in Canberra.

I was invited to represent Palliative Care Nurses Australia at the launch, and was equally delighted to see Liz Callaghan, CEO of Palliative Care Australia, also in attendance to support this important initiative.

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global interventions at the end of life

Professor David Clark’s team are investigating global interventions in end of life and palliative care.
This research project is led by the University of Glasgow and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Here is a very snappy short youtube video….