We have had an email from the Palliverse – Ann Richardson has kindly made her book “Life in a hospice” available as an e book. Life in a Hospice: reflections on caring for the dying is based on very honest interviews with a variety of hospice staff in England, talking anonymously about the joys and challenges of their work and its impact on their lives.
See below for her email. Let us know if you have read it! Thanks Ann for letting us know
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Thanks to Dr Drew Rosielle for this thoughtful analysis of an important trial, comparing usual care to usual care plus palliative care in ambulatory heart failure patients.
Headline – palliative care improved quality of life. So this article is adding to the literature supporting this idea, which mostly occurs in the malignant domain.
Check out Pallimed if you have time, it’s got great stuff!
ANZSPM criticises failure to consult on medicinal cannabis
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) is calling for improved consultation with end-of-life care experts after yesterday’s Senate decision on medicinal cannabis.
ANZSPM President, Dr Carol Douglas FAChPM, expressed concern that the decision will have ramifications for both patient and practitioner protections:
Palliative Care Australia brings you this youtube video which you can share with patients, families and friends…
Jean Kittson says it’s important to complete the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter and encourages you to speak to your loved ones about your end-of-life care wishes.
If you make any advance care plans, bonus points for documenting something in writing it and sharing it with your substitute decision maker, your MyHealthRecord, your GP and local hospital!
The team at @Palliverse are huge fans of Prof Jenny Philip, an inspirational speaker and all round wise and skilled person!
Come along to Monday Lunch (it’s a good lunch) next week and see Jenny share her thoughts on
Monday Lunch Live with Prof Jennifer Philip
8th May 2017
The Role of Integrated Palliative Medicine in Best Cancer Care
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Lecture Theatre B, Level 7
305 Grattan St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Book Now : come along, catch up live via webinar, or later when you have time.
Our colleagues at CareSearch are developing and running a ‘Massive Open Online Course’ (MOOC) on death and dying (Dying2Learn) for the second year in a row.
The CareSearch MOOC will provide an opportunity for any Australian to openly and supportively discuss, learn, and contribute to discussions on social issues around death and dying. The MOOC has been created for the general public in Australia, but everyone is invited to join us.
Registrations open on 27th of March for a start on 3rd April. It will run for five weeks.
It will include learning modules covering:
- How does today’s society engage with death and dying? How do we use language to describe it? What about the role of t.v. and film?
- What does death ‘look’ like? How is death and dying portrayed in the media?
- If death is the problem, is medicine the answer? A look at what we die of, the role of medicine, and prolonging life versus prolonging death.
- Digital dying: Death during the internet age.
Want to know more? Please visit www.caresearch.com.au/Dying2Learn
Palliative doctors and trainees and those interested in pain management might want to check out the upcoming pain management workshop at the shiny new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
“This workshop is ideally suited to general practitioners, perioperative physicians, anaesthetists and pain specialists who seek an update on evidence-based management of acute pain in the perioperative setting. We will also highlight the latest research aimed at reducing the transition of acute pain to subacute and chronic pain and its associated morbidity.”
For more information see here
Saturday, November 12th 2016
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre,
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre,
I thought our most recent tweet chat on the cost of caring featuring Dr Merryn Gott was one of our best!
Thanks to James for moderating.
If you were unlucky enough to miss it, I have written a Storify which would provide a quick summary.
Have a lovely weekend, Sonia