Registered nurse leads study to improve palliative care in rural and remote

A new University of South Australia study is aiming to gain a better understanding of what’s working well in rural and remote palliative care, with the goal of improving knowledge and access to palliative care in these areas. Led by UniSA research student and registered nurse Marylouise Freeman, and UniSA Associate Professor Kate Gunn, the […]

‘Matters of Life and Death’: National Palliative Care Week 2023

“We understand that death and dying is a difficult subject to talk about and engage with,” says Camilla Rowland, Chief Executive Officer at Palliative Care Australia (PCA). It’s why this year’s National Palliative Care Week (21-27 May) is shining the light on ‘Matters of Life and Death’, with a new video and social media campaign […]

The NET Nurse: A unique role

Problem solving, creativity, and being able to see outside the square are key attributes of the RN Kate Wakelin’s role providing support to people with neuroendocrine tumours (NETs). Ms Wakelin has been the NET Patient Support Nurse with the Unicorn Foundation since October 2015. The Unicorn Foundation, a not-for-profit medical charity, works with people affected […]

New guiding principles for health professionals about voluntary assisted dying

Ahead of the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying scheme from 19 June, Palliative Care Australia has released a set of principles for health professionals to help provide care to people living with a life limiting illness. PCA CEO Rohan Greenland says the document, Voluntary Assisted Dying in Australia: Guiding principles for those providing care to people […]

Nurse ‘Trailblazer’ helps improve aged care

A Canberra-based nurse practitioner (NP) who developed an innovative model integrating specialist palliative care into residential aged care in a bid to give people more dignity and choice at the end of life was recently named the inaugural Health Minister’s Nursing Trailblazer following Australia’s launch of the global Nursing Now campaign in Sydney. Established by […]