Birthday announcements: Palliverse is turning 1!

If like me, you can’t believe that it is nearly September then let me hit you with another bit of news.  Palliverse is having its first birthday!

Birthday Cake by Will Clayton / CC BY

Birthday Cake by Will Clayton / CC BY

And we have decided to give ourselves a bit of a present – a new look.

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Call for abstracts: 14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing

‘Bringing research to life’: 7-8 December 2015, National Ageing Research Institute, Melbourne.

The National Ageing Research Institute is pleased to host the 14th National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference in 2015. This is the only national conference in Australia focusing exclusively on the work of higher degree research students undertaking research in ageing across a range of disciplines. The conference presents a unique opportunity for higher degree research students to come together to share their research.

The conference organisers invite the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations from PhD, Masters and Professional Doctoral students and other emerging researchers engaged in ageing related research from any discipline.

The call for abstracts is now open and will close on 31 August. A copy of the submission guidelines and abstract template are available on the conference website.

Get Twitter-ready for the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference #13APCC

Attending the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in two weeks? If you don’t have one already, now’s a great time to create a Twitter account and check out these handy tips about using Twitter at health conferences.

If you’re not attending the conference, then you can follow the #13APCC hashtag to see what conference attendees (including @palliverse) are sharing. You do not need a Twitter account to follow the hashtag, just follow this link for up to date conference tweets.

We will also be updating the Palliverse Facebook page during the conference.

Will you or your organisation be posting to social media from the #13APCC? If so, please share your details below so we can follow you!

Elissa (find me on Twitter @Elissa_Campbell)

Fellowship in health care policy and practice – 12 months in the USA

Got an interest in health care policy?

Check out the Harkness fellowship for a paid 12 month period in the USA for you and your family. It’s available to applicants from Australia and New Zealand (due by 8th Sept) and also Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (due in November).

You will probably need a Master’s degree or a PhD, or at least a bachelor’s degree plus applicable work experience.

They would like “a research proposal that falls within the scope of The Commonwealth Fund’s mission …… the Fund’s priority areas include: expanding access to affordable health insurance coverage; transforming the health care delivery system to improve patient outcomes and control costs through payment reform, primary care, and coordinated care systems, with a particular focus on the sickest and most vulnerable patients; learning from successful international delivery system innovation.”

Love that they are looking for “the kinds of game-changing ideas that can potentially disrupt the current health care system in positive ways.”

Reflections on research – grants


Grants and grant writing – the lifeblood and bane of every researcher (and wannabe researcher). What’s all the fuss about? I got my first real taste of it recently when I applied for the Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Research Grant for next year. Here are a few lessons I learnt along the way: Continue reading

On games and end-of-life care

Calling all nurses (and even non-nurses) with an interest in end-of-life care… Get your game face on and check out this innovative approach to online learning and continuing professional development. Continue reading

e-Enhancement of Palliative Care?

Hospice NZ PC lecture series 2015

Hiya folks,

Palliverse’s very own James Jap presented last Thursday morning’s Genesis Oncology Trust / Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Lecture, which was broadcast to NZ hospices and other palliative care centres.

Listen to James’s lecture here. On the same site you will find the other lectures of the series over the past few years.


Palliverse people’s database


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

We have updated the Palliverse researchers database and temporarily renamed it “Palliverse peoples database“.

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Little Stars paediatric palliative care film…screening soon near you? #pedpc

Little Stars is an award-winning series of films about paediatric palliative care, made by Melbourne’s Moonshine Movies and partially crowd-funded (via Indigogo).

They are looking for people to host screenings of the film, particularly around World Hospice and Palliative Care day in October. From their website:

We encourage you to get behind the project and help us band together towards the goal of ensuring that every child needing palliative care can access it worldwide, thereby relieving the suffering of children and families facing life-limiting illness.

As a result, we’re delighted to invite you to pledge to host a screening or to use the films for public education or advocacy.  In return, we will mail you a DVD of the films in the Little Stars collection and a How-to-Host-A-Screening Guide at no cost.

Please note that Palliverse is not affiliated with Little Stars or Moonshine Movies – we thought our readers might be interested in hosting a screening and promoting paediatric palliative care. For more details and to pledge to host, visit the Little Stars website.

Palace of Care – The Hospice Wedding

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                       Jeff Belmonte

Many years later it will still stand clearly in your memory, your wedding day, the day that started a new life together for you two. The ceremony in which you fully committed to each other and became; Mr and Mrs _____, or Mr and Mr ______, or Mrs and Mrs______. For better or for worse, until death do us part. What’s so different about a Hospice Wedding? Continue reading