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Communication

Communication-HPMastering communication skills helps all health professionals to balance empathy and hope when discussing advanced illness, a referral to palliative care, advance care goals and end of life care with patients and their families.

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Communication at the end of life

Effective communication at end of life is an important part of quality care. This podcast provides useful guidance on effective communication in this context. Duration 15 minutes.

Associate Professor Brian Le is a Palliative Care Physician and Medical Oncologist. He is Director of Palliative Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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Preparing families for an imminent death

This podcast considers the inhibitors and enablers of effective communication with families so health professionals can prepare families for an imminent death, make the most of the time remaining, and minimize complex bereavement. Duration 15 mins.

Molly Carlile has a clinical nursing and leadership background in palliative care and regularly speaks about death and dying in the community, in the media and in the health and education sectors.

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Preparing children for death in the family

This podcast provides guidance on providing timely, trusting, honest and appropriate communication that involves children when a family member is dying. Duration 14 minutes.

Molly Carlile has a clinical and leadership background in palliative care and regularly speaks aobut death and dying issues in the community, in the media and in the health and education sectors.

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Document

Clinical Practice Guidelines on Communication

Clinical practice guidelines for communicating prognosis and end-of-life issues with adults in the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness, and their caregivers. By Josephine Clayton, Karen Hancock, Phyllis Butow, Martin Tattersall & D Currow, 2007

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Advance care planning - have the conversation: A strategy for Victorian health services 2014-2018

A Victorian Government framework to guide the implementation of advance care planning across Victorian health services.

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