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I learned a few new euphemisms for dying in this Conversation article. Confession time – it’s kind of my job to use the “D” word but even I, as a palliative care doctor, can find it awkward. But if we hide behind phrases like “passed away”, “gone” or “lost”, we contribute to confusion in some and participate in death denying.

 

wordmap.dying.wordsIf health professionals use euphemisms, they need to consider whether patients really understand what they’re trying to say. The article concludes that “Euphemisms have their place. But being able to talk openly (and clearly) about death and dying is important as it helps normalise death and avoids confusion.”

Happy palliative care week!

Sonia

Dying to talk?

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!

 

Welcome to #NPCW17

“You matter, your care matters,” was the key message from his Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia in declaring National Palliative Care Week 2017 open today.  Palliverse was lucky enough to be in attendance for the event held on a stunning Canberra Autumn morning at Government House.

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NPCW17 at Government House

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12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference – early bird registration extended

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Merlion & Marina Bay Sands – photo c/o E Campbell

We at Palliverse love a conference, especially one that “brings together workers, supporters and friends of hospice and palliative care” in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s Asia Pacific Hospice Conference (APHC), with the theme “Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts”, will be held in Singapore from July 26th to 29th. Early bird registration has been extended until May 29th. The conference programme is now available, and there are a number of pre-conference workshops and site visits, as well as sessions in Mandarin.  For more information, visit the conference website.

For Team Palliverse reflections on the last APHC in Taipei, click here.

 

 

Evolve – reducing low value interventions in palliative care

Embarrassingly, I didn’t know about this until I heard it at a RACP conference last week.
EVOLVE is a physician led initiative to ensure the highest quality patient care through the identification and reduction of low-value practices and interventions. Many specialties have created their own lists.

ANZSPM, the Australian and New Zealand Society for Palliative Medicine, have nominated 5 interventions which they recommend against in palliative care.

Curious?

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Delirium update at #ANZSPM17 Update

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We think delirium is a pretty big deal here at Palliverse, having devoted quite a few blog posts over the years to discussing this important issue in palliative care.

Well, delirium will be the focus of the first session at the upcoming 4th Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) Medical & Surgical Update for Palliative Medicine (#ANZSPM17), which will be held between June 23-24th at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

Chaired by @Meera_Agar – the lead author of the seminal paper examining the role of antipsychotics in the management of delirium symptoms in the palliative care setting, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this year – the session will feature presentations from Professor Agar, as well as:

  • Dr Simon Allan, palliative care physician, Director of Palliative Care at Arohanui Hospice in New Zealand and the current President of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
  • Dr Chris Moran, geriatrician from Alfred Health and research fellow at Monash University, and
  • Dr Justin Dwyer, psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Psychosocial Cancer Care service at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

After the presentations, a panel discussion involving the speakers will offer the audience plenty of opportunities to further explore this hot topic in palliative care.

Of course, delirium is just one of the many great topics that will be examined in detail during the fourth iteration of this biennial meeting. To find out more about the #ANZSPM17 Update, and to take advantage of the early bird registration rate until May 24th, go to: https://willorganise.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/2017-anzspm-update/update

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Integrated Palliative Care – what does this mean in 2017?

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. 

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Advance care directives, palliative care, and euthanasia

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[Image by Nick Youngson]

Why do palliative care people bang on about advance care planning all the time?

Well, when you break it all down, advance care planning is all about respect. Respecting the values, goals and preferences of the person making the plan. And palliative care is really big on respecting people’s preferences and values, especially when it comes to their end-of-life care.

Unfortunately, when it comes to respecting people’s choices around their health care, the law has been lagging behind. Existing laws around advance care plans and medical decision making are often confusing for patients and families, as well as their treating clinicians. Fortunately, this is all about to change in Victoria.  Continue reading

‘Be Open. Be Ready. Be Heard’. New Online Education Resources available from Advance Care Planning Australia.

Have you checked out the new online education resources available from Advance Care Planning Australia?  If not, read on…

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PhD scholarships available – improving psychosocial support for people with cancer & their carers

Palliverse has heard about two PhD scholarships in the area of improving psychosocial support and education for people with cancer and their carers, at Curtin University in Perth, WA. Scholarships are available to health professionals (particularly nurses and radiation therapists). For more details see the Curtin University website.