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National Palliative Care Week: catching up with Clinical Care Coordinator, Teryna

Palliative care is important for helping someone leave this life in the best way possible. For patients, it’s about a pain-free and peaceful departure. Knowing that their loved one is at peace in their final stages of life can also help relieve the anxiety families may feel about their imminent loss. Thank you to all palliative care staff for the important work that you do!

Sister Norma Violet Mowbray in 1915 (Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial)

In remembrance of AIF Staff Nurse Norma Violet Mowbray

“More than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses volunteered for active service during World War I. They were posted to Britain, France, Belgium, the Mediterranean, India and the Middle East. They nursed in hospitals, on hospital ships and trains, or in casualty clearing stations closer to the frontlines. Of these nurses, 25 never came home – Staff Nurse Norma Mowbray among them,” says former Archives Researcher, Adrian Gibb


Toowoomba aged care nurse overcomes obstacles to complete her degree while on dialysis

Sheryl Kupfer is a Clinical Educator and Registered Nurse at our Anglicare Southern Queensland Symes Thorpe Residential Aged Care home in Toowoomba. She has been in her role for the past six years. Sheryl has inspired many of her colleagues with her determination and positive attitude as she completed her nursing degree while on dialysis for a kidney transplant


What is palliative care?

National Palliative Care Week was marked between 23 and 29 May. Hear Anglicare SQ registered nurse Sue Gordon share about palliative care: “I think there is a misconception that palliative care is all about death and dying…it’s also about optimising quality of life and living until death.”


How this mum inspired her daughter to become a healthcare worker

“My mother is my main influence with my career choice because I always saw how much joy her job brought her and I asked her if she truly enjoyed her job, and the smile that was on her face when she was talking about her job when I was a child was mesmerising,” says Cyrene Kalepo, an Anglicare endorsed enrolled nurse from Bundaberg