Tag: palliative

I want to care for people, not kill them

by Dr John Obeid, The Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2017 It is not uncommon for older patients approaching death or other patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness to go through a period of distress or depression as they strive to cope with their prognosis, the fear of the unknown and loss of their… Read more »

Five common myths about palliative care and what the science really say

by Anna Collins, The Conversation, 2 November 2017 Palliative care is delivered by a multidisciplinary team of experts, such as social workers, counsellors, nurses and volunteers, who are trained to respond to the needs of people with serious illness. Palliative care is available at any stage of serious illness. Palliative care can be helpful and is… Read more »

All About Relieving Suffering? Think Again

A blog post from HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, 23 September 2017 It is surely irresponsible not to actually refer a person, who under the Bill’s requirements is supposedly experiencing suffering “that cannot be relieved”, to a palliative care specialist for a full and thorough palliative care assessment. The Bill simply adopts a checklist,… Read more »

Palliative care doctors hit out at state government’s proposed voluntary euthanasia laws

by Matt Johnston and Monique Hore, Herald Sun, 20 September 2017 But director of palliative medicine at St Vincent’s Melbourne, Associate Professor Mark Boughey, said he feared this would alter people’s attitudes towards healthcare and patients may feel pressure to end their lives early. Deputy director of palliative medicine at St Vincent’s, Dr Jenny Weil,… Read more »

“Going Palliative” is Not a Thing

by Staci Mandrola, Pallimed, 18 September 2017 Palliative care is for patients with any prognosis. Palliative care manages distressing symptoms at any stage of life and illness. Palliative care provides social, emotional and spiritual support to patients dealing with serious illness and their families. Palliative care helps patients determine what gives their lives meaning and how… Read more »

Asia-Pacific Hospice Group Condemns ‘Assisted Dying’

by Cynthia Goh, Asia-Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network, 2 August 2017 Associate Professor Cynthia Goh is Chair of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network. Australia and New Zealand are acknowledged leaders in fostering palliative care development in the Asia Pacific region. In much of this region, pioneers are struggling to establish good end-of-life services in the… Read more »