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Love conquers death – Queensland bishops face euthanasia inquiry as combined Christian voice

THE deepest expressions of love were found in moments of intense suffering, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge told the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying. “Loneliness, depression and acute physical pain are a powerful cocktail which seems to be fuelling the call for euthanasia,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “Yet there is a power stronger ... Read More »

Church leaders urge more resourcing to aged care and palliative care at public hearings across state

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A DIRE lack of palliative care services is one of the key issues Queensland Parliament’s aged-care inquiry has heard at public hearings across the state. The inquiry is examining the adequacy of Queensland’s end-of-life care including palliative care, and is looking into support for laws to allow voluntary assisted suicide. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will present a submission to the ... Read More »

Lack of government planning means most vulnerable could die before quality care arrives

AGED care is reaching crisis point, with a Catholic healthcare chief warning lack of government planning means our most vulnerable could die before they receive the high-level care they required.  Catholic Health Australia chief executive Suzanne Greenwood told an aged-care and end-of-life inquiry in Brisbane the waiting list for vulnerable seniors to receive the Level 4 package, was two years ... Read More »

Ancient stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people inform on aged care discussions

THE Queensland Government’s inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care issues and voluntary assisted dying (VAD) provides an opportunity to explore care provision preferences with stakeholder groups.  Two essential voices in this conversation belong to our Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.    These people – my people – have not only survived but also flourished in harsh ... Read More »

Call for better palliative care availability, many terminally ill patients die before receiving access

A GROUP of specialist Queensland doctors claim many terminally ill patients are dying before they receive access to palliative care. The claim was made in a submission to the Queensland Government inquiry into the adequacy of aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and whether there was support for state laws to allow voluntary assisted suicide. “Patients … at any time ... Read More »

Health workers across Australia ‘overworked and underpaid’ as Aged Care Royal Commission heats up

AUSTRALIA’S elderly suffer the indignity of poor care in an aged-care sector plagued by systemic problems, the royal commission into aged care has heard. Health Services Union president Gerard Hayes described how care workers across the country were overworked and underpaid, while there was a lack of funding and a lack of resources. “Because I think, to be quite honest, ... Read More »

Care options coming home for seniors living at home ahead of aged-care royal commission

ON the eve of the aged-care royal commission, the Federal Government announced funding boosts for home-care packages, and for vital building modifications to help seniors stay living independently at home. An additional 5000 level-three and 5000 level-four home-care packages will be allocated by mid-year, providing funding for up to $50,000 of care services per person per year including nursing, home ... Read More »

Royal Commission into Aged Care begins, reports of neglect, abuse, and drugs pour in

SOME of Australia’s largest aged-care providers have submitted tens of thousands of incident reports of abuse, neglect and poor care to the royal commission into the quality and safety of aged care that opened on Friday (January 18). Amongst the flood of information received by the commission is evidence that some elderly nursing home residents have been doped for years ... Read More »

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