Affirming Life

A guide on the palliative approach for loved ones in aged care


“When I was reading through the booklet, all the experiences I had were coming back to me and it was such a special time. My mum had a lot of suffering in her life. The ‘light’ and ‘positivity’ was her relief from the suffering.”

“This booklet is something that I would have LOVED to have had when had when I was going through it.” 

“I would really like to congratulate you and think it’s such a beautiful booklet.”

Publication Details

First edition published November 2011, 67 pages

  • Part of collaborative $500,000 DoHA project that I was the project managing, involving: Mercy Health, NWMH, CAPS
  • Drafted by two experts in the palliative approach in aged care (A/Prof Rosalie Hudson and Robyn Allan), and content reviewed and developed by family representatives, approved by project stakeholder reps, and endorsed by peak bodies
  • Content based on The Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care, published by the Commonwealth Government in 2004, endorsed by NHMRC in 2006
  • Book launched at Partnership in Care Conference that I event coordinated & hosted
  • Drafted, approved, designed and produced in very short 3 month timeframe
  • Chapters:
    • Partnership in Care
    • What is palliative care?
    • Palliative approach and dementia
    • Will my relative be in pain?
    • Grief, loss and depression
    • Advance Care Planning
    • Cultural considerations
    • Spiritual considerations
    • What can I expect to feel?
    • Glossary
    • References
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