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Palliative care is increasingly mentioned in mainstream and professional media releases and reports, particularly those related to aged care and cancer, but it is often misrepresented or mentioned only in passing. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht from CareSearch explains what palliative care is and why it matters from a researcher perspective.
The enormous growth and usage of internet over the last 15 years has resulted in large pools of health and medical information now being available freely on the worldwide web. Priyanka Bhattarai discusses if there is any scope for technology to add value in the palliative care setting.
Around 200,000 Australian families will be affected by death and dying this Christmas. Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis from CareSearch discusses the impact of death and dying over Christmas and suggestions to help people facing bereavement over the holiday period.
In a multicultural country like Australia, the way people grieve and mourn the death of a loved one varies. Dr Georgia Rowley from ELDAC shares her research and personal experiences on death, bereavement and grief and the myriad factors that can influence the outcomes.