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Palliative care

Reflections The Rev'd Canon Cheryl Selvage Reflections

Celebrating the baptism of a palliative care patient

“When I arrived at the patient’s bedside, I found him struggling for breath and on oxygen and yet delighted to see me. I introduced myself, explaining that I was from Pastoral Care. I needed to repeat this for him because N95 fitted masks and shields, along with general ward noise, often make it very hard to communicate these days. He very clearly responded that he was very pleased to see me, stating that he had been waiting a long time for such a conversation – seven years in fact,” says hospital chaplain, The Rev’d Canon Cheryl Selvage

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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.”

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Religious leaders' joint statement on high-quality end-of-life care

As the Queensland Parliament continues its inquiry into palliative care and voluntary assisted dying, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall has signed a joint statement on the provision of end-of-life care, along with 15 other Queensland religious leaders. They are uniformly opposed to voluntary assisted dying, and are committed to the proper funding and availability of palliative care founded on the promotion of human dignity, human freedom and the common good