Elsewhere in the Palliverse – Weekend Reads

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(Jacaranda tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney)

comprehensive review of Medicare was announced this week, which has the potential to significantly impact how healthcare is delivered in Australia. Opinions abound (a small sample here, herehere, and here) but details are scarce. This announcement is timely, with the release of Australian Medical Association’s annual report card on public hospital services last week (reactions here and here) and the upcoming launch of Choosing Wisely Australia on April 29th (more on this herehere and here).

Also this week, Queensland and Victoria joined New South Wales in conducting clinical trials on the use medicinal cannabis (other reports herehere and here). Information about the trial and law reform process can be found here, here and here. Palliative Care Australia has also provided a submission.

Other reads:

  • Physician suicide, burnout and self-care
  • How to answer the question: “Am I dying?”
  • Book of abstracts for the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care

Finally, it’s ANZAC Day: Lest we forget.

Elsewhere in the Palliverse – Weekend Reads


(Another beautiful day in Apollo Bay)

Conversations that Count Day took place across New Zealand this week (on April 16th). Read a selection of the various conversations and discussions generated around this event hereherehere, here, here and here.

At the same time, the US National Healthcare Decision Day promoted similar conversations across the pacific. An excellent collection of resources from Pallimed can be found here.

The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office released its report on the provision of palliative care services in the state this week. It’s findings and recommendations are both heartening and  worrying. Mainstream and palliative care media responses can be found here and here.

The Australian Medical Association also released its position statement on Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care Facilities earlier this week.

Many of us love a great TED talk. Haven’t heard of them? Or simply looking for a few more to feed your addiction? Check out this playlist on “New ways to think about death”.

A few reflective pieces to fill your head and heart this weekend:

And finally, here’s another plug for our new fellow survey.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Want to learn the FUNdamentals of Quality Improvement?


When Sonia posted about the School for Health and Care Radicals (SHCR) back in January, I had no idea that signing up would unleash the radical within me (all for the investment of a few of hours per week).

I am hoping for a similarly mind-blowing, practice-changing experience with Improvement FUNdamentals, an NHS-led MOOC focussing on quality improvement in health and care.

I am sure that, as with the SHCR, we will form ANZ and palliative care sub-communities. You can read more about it and sign up here. It would be great to have some of the Palliverse community along for the ride.

New fellow survey


(Image via wikipedia)

Are you a “new fellow”? Have you recently qualified (or about to qualify) as a palliative medicine specialist (FAChPM +/- FRACP)?

Transitioning from advanced training to consultant-hood can be a challenging time in one’s career. Help us understand how best to support you by completing this brief and anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZ97VVL

Thank you!