Caring@home seeks translators – Vietnamese and Tagalog

caring@home project – seeking translators

The caring@home ( project is looking for palliative medicine specialists or trainees to review some resources for carers being translated into Vietnamese and Tagalog.  caring@home has produced resources for carers to support carers to help manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines.

A company that uses accredited translators have been contracted to do the work but the project has also requested the opportunity to have a health care professional, who is a native speaker of the language, to review the translation and subtitles.

The work would be expected to be completed in May and June. They are able to offer a stipend for this work of $800 + GST upon receipt of an invoice.

The work is to review the following after they come back from the translating service:

If you are interested in undertaking this work, please contact Karen Cooper, Project Manager for caring@home on E: or M: 0428 422 818.

Elsewhere in the Palliverse…weekend reads

Reads for your weekend from across the Palliverse…

How to determine the order of authorship in an academic paper (@paulisci)

Presenting your research findings at a meeting? Here are some useful tips to improve your delivery (Lifehacker)

As I walk through hospital corridors, I’m always grateful for the beautiful artworks displayed. However, I don’t often stop to consider the themes portrayed. Art columnist Jonathon Jones asks, Should hospital art be jolly – or should it portray the truth about pain? (The Guardian). Meanwhile, More hospitals use the healing power of art (Wall Street Journal). What are your thoughts? Continue reading

A call for engagement: The International Conference of the End of Life 2014

The ICEL conference for Law, Ethics, Policy and practice was hosted by Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane last week and was a notable event in a number of ways.  There was a stellar cast of plenary and concurrent speakers including such international experts as Prof Jocelyn Downie (@jgdownie), Prof Sheila McLean, and Dr Dale Gardiner and Dr Peter Saul and Prof Michael Ashby from Australia (check twitter for #2014ICEL for a complete run-down of the topics and issues over the two days, or if you would rather just look at the pictures).  ICEL brought a multi-disciplinary focus to issues surrounding the end of life, and was not afraid to ask the big questions including the appropriateness of euthanasia, and who should be determining futility. 

ICEL images

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Palliative Care Victoria Conference 2014

Are you heading to the palliative care victoria conference in Melbourne in July 2014?

Fear not, your trusty @palliverse correspondent @sonialf will be heading there to keep you up to date with the exciting developments. Continue reading

Abstract submissions open for 2015 APHC

Online abstract submission is now open for the Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Taipei, Taiwan (30 April – 3 May 2015), with the theme “Transforming Palliative Care”. More information is available at the conference website.


via @ehospice on twitter

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Children On Death

As both mere humans and as professionals in the palliative care sphere, how often do we catch ourselves or those around us contemplating the big questions of life, or more specifically, death? Quite often, I imagine… Yet many of us still find ourselves tongue-tied on the subject. Even as professionals in the ‘business’ of dying, we may approach conversations on the subject with a certain reluctance. How do we gauge the readiness of a person to face their own mortality? How do we establish a person’s preferences for disclosure? These are complex questions with perhaps no one easy answer – unless of course, you’re a kid, right? Continue reading

NTEU funding opportunity

A scholarship has been announced by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) for post graduate nursing research.  The Scholarship, worth $5,000, is for a study of nurses, nursing culture or practices, or historical aspects of nursing as a lay or professional practice.  

For more information contact Helena Spyrou Education and Training Officer (National Office) E: