A new report from The Centre for Independent Studies has revealed what many nurses already know; there is not enough access to palliative care. As many as 130,000 people could have received palliative care last year but only around 11%...
Today we saw history taking place with voluntary assisted dying laws passing the Victorian parliament, a first for any Australian state. Below is an extract of a letter to the Lamp magazine by NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association President...
Tara writes: For almost all of us, everything about dying is fraught, even when the person involved has 'had a good innings', a happy life, is ready to go and faces a peaceful death. We live, most of us,...
Tara Nipes is a registered nurse on a multiple medical specialty ward at one of Melbourne's most acute tertiary hospitals. In the first of three blog posts about assisted dying, Tara writes about why her experience as a nurse...
 Sara Karacsony was runner-up in the NSWNMA Short Story Competition 2017 with this moving story, ‘The invisible man’. The first time I met Frank, he was lying on his side in his small single bed facing the wall. On the...
My name is Dr Tracey Giles and I am a nursing academic at Flinders University. I am currently leading a research team to investigate nurses’ and doctors’ perceptions and experiences when providing end-of-life care in Australian emergency department settings. The...
Rebecca Noonan won the NSWNMA Short Story Competition 2017 with 'A Final Farewell'. She sat in the stark, chilled room located off to the side. Hidden away from the main ward like an enigma; a shameful secret that no one...
Given the choice, we all say we'd want to die at home - but most Australians die in hospital or in aged care (which of course is home to its residents.) This short film focuses on several people who...
Kylie Monaghan, who was the face of the South Australian Be the Bill euthanasia campaign, died on October 8 without seeing the Bill become law. But Kylie did see the conversation about assisted dying grow more intense. And nurses...
David Stanley, a nurse/midwife and Professor of Nursing at the University of New England, writes about the dilemma for nurses when people in intractable pain and distress ask for assistance to end their lives. Being faced with his own...