Are you looking for some reading over the summer holidays (or winter if you’re that way inclined)? Over the next fortnight, we’ll be looking back at some of our posts over the past year. We’ve been to conferences, reflected on clinical and research experiences, shared palliative care educational resources (#FOAMPal) and hosted guest contributors.
Welcome to this weekend’s reads. People seem to enjoy the cute animal stories, so I’ve included one (near the end, if you want to read it first).
The latest paediatric palliative care video (below) from Little Stars is about treating chronic pain in children. It’s nice to see how the interdisciplinary team interacts with, and respects, the girl in the video.
“I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life…I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, goodbye.’ Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful. It just seemed a terrible way to end someone’s life.”Continue reading →
Hope everyone is enjoying the live tweet-feed from the 11th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Taipei, Taiwan #APHC2015. Just between you and me, I think James has gone slightly crazy as he morphs into a rapid-fire, live-tweeting demon from Taiwanese folklore. For a more measured account of the first few days of the conference, check out this article from ehospice.
Other interesting things to help you while away your weekend:
Also this week, Queensland and Victoria joined New South Wales in conducting clinical trials on the use medicinal cannabis (other reports here, here 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.
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: