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These articles are part of the Palliative Perspectives blog addressing palliative care, and end-of-life care issues around ageing and aged care.

Redefining death and dying in aged care: A call for compassionate end-of-life care

An article written by Rose Plater, Community Health and Ageing Manager, Paynters

  • 6 June 2024
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Redefining death and dying in aged care: A call for compassionate end-of-life care

With higher rates of frailty and death in aged care there is a movement towards making death as discreet as possible.  In this blog, Rose Plater suggests the unintended consequences that this can bring and encourage compassionate design and open communication that ensure a good death is not accidental. 

Finding strength through advocacy: Supporting a parent living with dementia

An article written by Dr Annie Dullow, keynote speaker at the Unpaid Carers’ Forum hosted by the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying

  • 4 June 2024
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Finding strength through advocacy: Supporting a parent living with dementia

Dr Annie Dullow shares her emotional yet rewarding journey of caring for her mother with dementia. She discusses the important role of carers and emphasises the need for better palliative care integration in aged care services and highlights areas for improvement to support carers. 

Does good care equal good grief? A recent review suggests otherwise

An article written by Dr Priyanka Vandersman, Senior Research Fellow, ELDAC Project

  • 29 May 2024
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Does good care equal good grief? A recent review suggests otherwise

Findings from a recent study underscore the need for holistic support for family caregivers, and the importance of quality care, open communication, and robust support systems to positively influence their grief journey.

Supporting dignity at the end of life: Practical everyday considerations

An article written by Associate Professor Deidre Morgan, Occupational Therapist

  • 2 May 2024
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Supporting dignity at the end of life: Practical everyday considerations

We can all play a role in conserving the dignity of people with advanced incurable disease or simply as people age. In this blog, Assoc Professor Deidre Morgan explains many practical ways that health professionals and family members can help to conserve the person’s dignity and support their autonomy as they near the end of their life.

Ensuring dignity and comfort in the late stages of life: the role of palliative care in aged care

An article written by Violet Platt, CEO of Palliative Care Victoria

  • 26 April 2024
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Ensuring dignity and comfort in the late stages of life: the role of palliative care in aged care

Violet Platt, CEO of Palliative Care Victoria, shares insights into the 'Dignified and Respectful Decisions' project. This initiative provides practical support for individuals caring for loved ones in residential aged care through information and resources. The project helps caregivers advocate, make decisions, and collaborate with the aged care team, ensuring their loved ones' autonomy, values, and preferences are honoured.

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