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.
Today Palliverse talks to Assistant Professor Kasia Bail (@Kasia_Bail) from the University of Canberra. Kasia is a nurse, a researcher, a kung fu instructor and a drummer in a metal band. She came to our attention via social media when we noticed her crowdfunding campaign for the next stage of her research into nursing care of complex, hospitalised older people. Here at Palliverse we are fans of crowdfunding, although we’re yet to use it for research purposes!
Kasia’s research aims to improve sustainable acute care health delivery for an ageing population, while her clinical experience includes general medical and acute palliative care. In her PhD, Kasia developed an approach to measure nurse-sensitive outcomes, which is currently being used to evaluate a Government-funded implementation of a cognitive identifier. Kasia has a passion for identifying and researching the structures and processes which impede or enable quality patient care, and sharing her learning and inquiry with nursing students, industry and professional groups. Here, Palliverse asks her about her latest research project and dipping her toe into the world of social media.
Has anyone watched Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal series for Frontline in the US? There’s also a selection of shorter videos at the Frontline YouTube page, like the one above.
Oliver Sacks has written a beautiful piece in the New York Times, about his reaction to being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. (My Own Life: Oliver Sacks On Learning He Has Terminal Cancer) Continue reading
If you’re lucky enough to have a break over the summer holiday season, I would advise that you to avoid anything work-related. However, if you just can’t pull yourself away from the worlds of palliative care and research, here (in no particular order) are some related links:
- Check out the short films from Little Stars TV, sharing stories of paediatric palliative care.
- Need a last-minute gift for an older person? See GeriPal’s list of Gifts for Seniors (although my Dad didn’t seem to appreciate it when I shared it with him!)
- A medical conference with rapping and singalongs? I’d love to attend this “creative medical conference“, which explores “the spaces between medicine and humanities and media and technology.” (Dotmed conference via Irish Times)
- Some of our readers will be able to relate to this piece on the post-PhD slump. I am slowly working my way through the rest of this excellent blog, Patter, from Professor Pat Thomson.
- Have you heard of “predatory journals”? A paper by Maggie Simpson, Edna Krabappel and Kim Jong Fun was accepted by two journals…as was an article about “GMOYFML” (you’ll have to read the article to see where that acronym originates…it’s too sweary for Palliverse). (Vox)
- I’ve never heard a pathologist’s views on death before (Death is not a failure of the health care system via KevinMD)
- And here’s a great article about palliative care in the emergency department. You can join the discussion about palliative care in your local emergency department (Academic Life in Emergency Medicine)
- Prof Nick Talley, President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, laments the lack of clinicians involved in research in this opinion piece in The Guardian.
- Dying is part of living (England’s Care Quality Commission)
- The Heart Sisters blog (@HeartSisters) is a great read for a patient’s perspective of living with heart disease and navigating the health care system.
- Another patient blog I recommend is Living with Bob (Dysautonomia) (@RustyHoe). She writes detailed, thoughtful posts about living with chronic illness. Her descriptions of dysautonomia symptoms are eloquent. I can’t do it justice. Check it out.
- Here’s a list of 10 TED talks that change(d) healthcare from health futurist and imagineer Lucien Engelen. (Chief Imagineer is such a cool job title.)
- I’m a huge fan of Dr Kate Granger and am hoping that the #hellomynameis campaign takes off in Australian (and NZ) health care next year (“Hello, my name is…”, the simple phrase that can transform health care via Croakey blog)
- I’m excited enough about the pedometer app on my phone, so you can imagine how much I’m geeking out about these Top Ten Medical Uses of the iPhone. (from internetmedicine.com)
Dear members of the palliverse,
We have been informed of a new funding opportunity by the Improving Palliative Care through Clinical Trials (ImPaCCT) NSW network. Here are the details that they provided.
Palliative Care (Full-Time, $30,000 per annum for 3 years, Based in Sydney) focusing on sleep disturbance in community palliative care patients.
I’ll be spending the weekend
enjoying the sunshine reminiscing over holiday snaps catching up with tweets from #CancerCongress, #PPCConference, #COSA2014 working on an ethics proposal. If you’re looking for something to do, try this reading list.
- The Guardian gives us a look into the lives of PhD students.
- The Conversation takes a look at problems with peer review. “Many now believe that long-standing metrics of academic research – peer review, citation-counting, impact factor – are reaching breaking point. But we are not yet in a position to place complete trust in the alternatives – altmetrics, open science, and post-publication review.”
- 5 ways for scientists to attract media interest via Research Media
- From the UK’s Daily Mail: Dementia patients are being failed at the end of life because dementia is not being recognised as a terminal condition. Meanwhile, Dirk Houttekier talks to EAPC Blog about a recent paper in Palliative Medicine, with a similar theme. Continue reading