Tag: palliative care

Palliative care experts warn NSW assisted dying bill ‘unsafe’

by Sean Nicholls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 November 2017 Dr Frank Brennan said “too often the debate is characterised as a simple choice between suffering and choosing physician assisted suicide or euthanasia”. “A day of anguish may be followed by a day of calm,” he said. “To proceed with physician assisted suicide or euthanasia in a… Read more »

It’s not all about death: conversations with patients in palliative care

by Matthew Grant, The Conversation, 3 November 2017 Yet working in palliative care involves surprisingly little immediate dying. Yes we work with people who have incurable illnesses, but their prognoses vary between weeks, months and even years. And we see other patients potentially being cured but who experience significant side effects from treatment. Click here… Read more »

Euthanasia: Doctors’ licence to kill limits aged-care options

by Angela Shanahan, The Australian, 21 October 2017 For all the talk of autonomy, euthanasia is giving doctors a ­licence to kill. Of course, we must ask ourselves how institutionalising this practice will affect the care of the disabled and particularly the frail aged. How far will it lead to a ­euthanasia mentality? ­Already doctors have… Read more »

Palliative care gave me a better quality of life

by Áilín Quinlan, The Irish Examiner, 14 September 2017 “I was in a very dark place at the time, and up to that point, palliative care to me was synonymous with death and dying,” he [Donal Crowley] recalls. “People think that palliative care is all about dying,” says Ann McAtamney, Assistant Director of Nursing and Palliative Care… Read more »

A gentle parting eases the pain of death

by Clara Pirani, The Australian, 1 September 2017 Ms Pirani is the Associate Editor – Commercial, for The Australian. With a calm quiet reassurance that so many palliative care nurses possess, honed by years spent easing the sick from this world, she transformed our truly distressing situation into an almost comforting farewell. It’s harrowing to watch and leaves… Read more »

Palliative Care: the Pearl of Great Price

by Dr Katherine Pettus, Huffpost, 4 September 2017 Dr Pettus is a political theorist, and an advocate for improved access to internationally controlled medicines and the rights of older persons. Palliative care is an approach, an ethic, a multi-disciplinary sub-speciality, not just a new element that can be added and stirred into health systems. Palliative care doesn’t… Read more »