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10 Sep
To wrap up the final day of #21OPCC, here are ten key quotes that give an overview of topics discussed today.
“Cultural aspect of what death and dying mean. Other countries do that so much better than what we do in Australia.” - Prof Patsy Yates #21OPCC @pastyymates
"Aged care facilities want to provide great care - if funded appropriately, we can do that better, capacity can be built." - Peter Jenkin #21OPCC
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9 Sep
This morning’s plenary is given by Dr Hsien Seow @HSeowPhD, the recipient of the Ian Maddocks Guest Lecture, given to the best submission by an author under the age of 40 who is engaged in the study or delivery of #palliativecare #21OPCC
@meera_agar @Pall_Care_Aus chair provides history of Ian Maddocks Guest Lecture. Emritus Prof Maddocks was integral in establishing @Pall_Care_Aus #21OPCC
Dr Seow @HSeowPhD is the Canada Research Chair in #PalliativeCare #21OPCC
As part of his research, he created the Waiting Room Revolution PodCast @WaitingRoomRev
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9 Sep
Another full day of interesting and insightful discussions about #palliativecare at #21OPCC. Following are ten key quotes for an overview of the second full day of presentations.
"When the doctor has time to sit and listen, this has a huge impact on the patient" - Dr Diana Ferreira @diana_mbhf - great insight from the patients' perspective as a cancer patient #21OPCC
"Death is not linear" - Dr Katrin Gerber @NAgeingRI #21OPCC
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9 Sep
Last plenaries for the day about to begin - I'll be tweeting from this one- What is needed for better outcomes for breakthrough cancer pain? #21OPCC
Session chaired by Prof Gregory Crawford from Uni of Adelaide, Prof Andrew Davies from Trinity College, Dublin, Emeritus Prof Maree Smith from Uni of Qld, @diana_mbhf a #palliativecare researcher & cancer patient, & Dr Jessica Lee from Concord Centre for Palliative Care #21OPCC
Prof Andrew Davies - longstanding interest in breakthrough pain, disappointing thing is we still seem to have a problem in terms of diagnosing the problem, assessing it, and providing adequate medications #21OPCC
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9 Sep
I will now be tweeting from the ''Collaboration and Integration session, chaired by Camilla Rowland #21OPCC
First presenter in this session is Judy Hollingworth talking about 'Palliative care practitioners and community advocates collaborate in a disadvantaged rural region' #21OPCC
After a lovely acknowledgement to country, Judy begins her story about collaboration and causation #21OPCC
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9 Sep
Chaired by Dr Will Cairns OAM, introduces some of the early discussions about #palliativecare - identified key issues - continuity of care, caring for new patients with new conditions, caring for #COVID19 patients and also #palliativecare colleagues #21OPCC
Communication and international collaboration vital for management of #palliativecare during pandemic #21OPCC
Vital for #palliativecare providers to document their experiences of #COVID19 #21OPCC
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9 Sep
Welcome and acknowledgement to country by @didarmody
I acknowledge I am tweeting from Kaurna country and pay my respects to Elders past and present #21OPCC
.@didarmody reminds us to have a look at the art submitted for the art competition #21OPCC
International panel coming up! Incl #palliativecare experts @rachelcogs, Christian Ntizimira @ntizimira, Dr Katherine Pettus @kpettus, Dr Malama Tafuna’l from University of Otago, A/Prof Ghauri Aggarwal, and A/Prof @OdetteSpruyt #21OPCC
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8 Sep
A great day of presentations today at #21OPCC
If you missed any sessions, here are ten key quotes which give a brief overview of the day.
"Death is a social justice issue" - @NaheedD
"It's really hard to give palliative care {to people experiencing homelessness} if you're not advocating for housing" - also @NaheedD #21OPCC
"The most important thing to get right is how you finance your health system" - @yates_rob on Universal Healthcare Coverage reform #21OPCC
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8 Sep
The final session for Day 1 #21OPCC - How can #palliativecare get a 'decent crack of the whip' of Universal Health Reform? @ChathamHouse @yates_rob
Universal healthcare reform - #COVID19 could be an opportunity for great change #21OPCC
Defn of Universal Health Coverage = All people receive the quality health services they need without suffering financial hardship #21OPCC
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8 Sep
Next, I’ll be tweeting from the 'Innovate and Change' session in the last concurrent session for Day #1 of #21OPCC, chaired by Shyla Mills
This a jam-packed session with discussions about innovation in palliative paramedicine, advance care planning and more #21OPCC
Serena Hoffman is about to start discussing "care at the end of life paramedic toolkit" #21OPCC
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8 Sep
After a quick break, I’m back tweeting at the second concurrent session, Holistic Care. Chaired by @IlsaHampton @Pall_Care_Aus #21OPCC
@IlsaHampton @Pall_Care_Aus .@deb_rawlings from Flinders Uni Research Centre for #PalliativeCare, Death & Dying, is first up talking about the role of death Doulas. #21OPCC
@IlsaHampton @Pall_Care_Aus @deb_rawlings Background research findings about the role of Death Doula = regulated but not registered role, may be in a voluntary or paid role #21OPCC
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8 Sep
I’ll now be tweeting from the first of three concurrent sessions today, sitting in on the first Paediatric #PalliativeCare session, chaired by Lisa Cuddeford from the WA Paediatric Palliative Care Service #21OPCC
First presenter is Adjunct. Assoc. Prof. Claire Treadgold @Starlight_star talking about ‘Rosie’s story’. Rosie is a palliative child with chronic kidney disease who was supported by the Starlight Moments program #21OPCC
@Starlight_star Sadly, Rosie died a month ago 😞 Claire says the family are happy to share Rosie's story #21OPCC
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7 Sep
Dr Naheed Dosani is the Opening Plenary presenter #21OPCC - @NaheedD is a #palliativecare physician in Toronto, Canada and a health justice advocate. Some of his work includes implementing the Palliative Care and Education for the Homeless (PEACH) program…
He helps provide #PalliativeCare for people who experience structural inequities
He started out when he met someone living on the streets who had cancer who did not follow up with healthcare due to structural challenges and denied access to medications #21OPCC
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7 Sep
Lovely intro by @didarmody
Reminder to be respectful of sensitive issues and diverse cultures #21OPCC
Beautiful welcome to country by Nugunnawal Elder, Aunty Violet Sheridan
Minister for Hlth and Aged Care @GregHuntMP - thanks #palliativecare workers, especially over the past year supporting families during #COVID19 #21OPCC
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7 Sep
Day 1 of #21OPCC- starting at 09.30am EST! Looking forward to tweeting up a storm over the next few days. The program is jam-packed full of great presentations, updates and conversations about #palliativecare
I would like to acknowledge that I will be tweeting from Kaurna Country, and I pay my respects to Elders past and present.
Image- a typical sight at Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) at this time of year. #spring #21OPCC
And to introduce myself, my name is Alison (will also answer to Ali 😀) You can normally find me on Twitter @alisonsbarrett. I am a columnist at @CroakeyNews- I write the #COVIDWrap.…
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14 Feb
Latest on #victorialockdown from @MartinFoleyMP

21 active cases in Victoria, 3 new notified in past 24 hours, 2 local: both linked to Holiday Inn cluster (16) - a child and a woman, both attended function in Sydney Road, Coburg. New exposure sites.…
Of 940 primary close contacts of Holiday Inn cluster, 129 are direct family, workplace and other immediate close contacts. Of them, 127 have tested negative, other results due shortly.
Minister Foley says Victoria's contact tracing performance over past week has reached/exceeded national benchmarks.

For 10 Feb, 98.7% of new primary close contacts were contacted within 48 hours. 9 Feb 98%. 8 Feb 98.7%. 7 Feb 99.2%

Are collated here:…
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28 Jul 20
Am set to live tweet till 4pm from an online #MHLivedExperience forum, hosted by
@MentalHealthVic @vichealthassoc with input from @VMIAC @tandemcarers & many others. Great if you can tune in. We'll publish a story later in the week.
Dr Stephanie Allen @Deloitte opening, talking about the emphasis we put on experience. Lived experience doesn't happen by stealth, when talk re incorporating in design/infrastructure of mental health, have to be very deliberate in way we do it #MHLivedExperience
Jacqui Gibson offers Acknowledgement of Country. Victorian Traditiona Owners maintain sovereignty, they have never ceded it and long called for a Treaty. Through strength of resilience and pride, their cultures and communities continue to thrive today. #MHLivedExperience
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25 Jun 20
2nd @VicHealth #HealthReimagined panel session set to start, looking at: Good food for all, how do we get there? Am livetweeting for @CroakeyNews Croakey News Conference Service…. Working on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations.
Coming up at #HealthReImagined - @VicHealth panel talking food security: @DrRachelCarey @AgPeriUrban @Nick_Rose96 @thecommongrocer, moderated by @LaTrioli…
We’re hearing first from @VicHealth’s @kirstancorben, via video from Mordialloc, on the Traditional Lands of the Bunurong people, of the Kulin nations
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20 Mar 20
Following is not-quite live tweet from latest media conference by PM @ScottMorrisonMP on #COVID19 #coronavirus issues & responses for Australia. You can watch it in full here
PM says today further decisions have been taken on Aust's #coronavirus response that are "both scaleable and sustainable to ensure we can continue to implement for the many months ahead. We're looking at at least six months....of course it could be longer, no-one really knows."
Today's National Cabinet meeting seen big focus on economic issues, informed by RBA/Treasury. "We are working on a package that will cushion the blow over the next 6 months." Focused heavily on small, medium businesses/income support for those most directly impacted by downturn
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15 Feb 20
Politics fit for the emergency challenge: high profile panel here #NCESummit2020 moderated by Kerry O'Brien, where "the greatest policy challenge of our time has become the greatest policy failure of our time".
"We have a responsibility as MPs to contribute to a better form of government, unfortunately Tony Abbott made it a completely adversarial game. In climate debate, instead of us working together in the national interest, had pointless point scoring." John Hewson. #NCESummit2020
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20 Nov 19
We’re now hearing the #GiantSteps19 keynote from @euan_wallace CEO of @SaferCareVic on: Stepping up: change needs courage
This is what greets @SaferCareVic team each morning #GiantSteps19 says @euan_wallace who welcomes Melbourne’s arrival in top health city rankings
@SaferCareVic @euan_wallace .@euan_wallace foreshadows “new agenda item for @SaferCareVic ”, to address what may have been a gap in its early work, to focus not only on those who receive care in the system but those who provide it #GiantSteps19 .
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