improving palliative care in Australia

More palliative care at home and in aged care? Yes please!

Investing to save

A new report is calling for the appointment of a Palliative Care Commissioner and $240 million a year to support home based palliative care, reports Judy Skatssoon of Community Care Review. “The report  says palliative care is treated like an “optional extra” but should be a core health service in the aged … Read more

Death doulas are becoming increasingly popular in Australia – so what exactly do they do?

Interest in death doulas grows

Death doulas are becoming increasingly popular in Australia – so what exactly do they do? Because theirs is only an emerging field, roles and what we can expect from people who define themselves as ‘death doulas’ can vary. But what is becoming increasingly clear is that more and more people … Read more

No more higher motive

"I cannot conceive of any higher or more charitable motive to induce humanity to to its best than that which lends comfort to the last moments of the human being," Rabbi Davis, 1903

“I cannot conceive of any higher or more charitable motive to induce humanity to do its best than that which lends comfort to the last moments of the human being,” Rabbi Davis, 1903 When CEO of St Vincents, Sydney, Associate Professor Anthony Schembri, was working in the hospital’s archives recently, … Read more

Will this report improve palliative care?

Will this report improve palliative care?

Will this report improve palliative care? Does it mean we’re about to get some big changes that’ll have an impact on everyone? The Productivity Commission’s Reforms to Human Services Inquiry Report went to the Government in October 2017. It looked at palliative care in Australia, which needs urgent attention. Seventy per … Read more