IN SEARCH OF A GOOD DEATH: Palliative care, comfort and meaning at life’s end

A lifelong learning initiative from PBA FM in Adelaide South Australia

Please click here to access podcasts.

Introduction

This matter of dying is an important aspect of life that will inevitably visit each of us. However, living as we do in a western culture, many Australians have done remarkably well in denying the inevitability of our deaths. 

End of life care  - in residential care, in hospices and/or at home - can be a variable and changing landscape, and may pose a challenge to carers and patient’s families. So how do we get beyond a Pills and Platitudes approach, and find better ways of providing care, comfort and meaning at the end of life?

In Search of a Good Death will explore current questions and issues in the palliative care and support of those who are dying and their families, and will seek to discover the best of what can be done in response to the human experience of suffering, facing death and issues of end of life. 

Produced as a lifelong learning resource utilising the medium of radio, and in conjunction with a dedicated website – www.insearchofagooddeath.com.au - the series will be of interest to a wide thinking audience through the Community Radio Network in Australia, as well as to medical/health professionals everywhere. Your comments on this lifelong learning resource package are always welcome.    

Produced at PBA FM in Adelaide South Australia, and with funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation in Melbourne and the Nurselink Foundation in Adelaide, In Search of a Good Death begins on air in Week Beginning Monday 28 April 2014. 

PBA FM live-streams, so the programs are available worldwide at the time of broadcast – see details below.

Details of contributors, a Study Guide and a podcast of each program will be added to this page close to the week of first broadcast. Music used on-air cannot be included in the podcasts. Each podcast is approximately 27 minutes.

Listen Live to Air

Broadcasts in Adelaide – PBA FM, 89.7 on the FM Band

Mondays 8.30pm, repeated Fridays after the 9am news bulletin

From Week Beginning Monday 28 April 2014. 

Ending Week Beginning Monday 25 August 2014

Live Streaming – PBA FM

Mondays 8.30pm, repeated Fridays after the 9am news bulletin

Note – Adelaide Time is GMT/UTC +9:30hrs 

Production Team

Producer/Presenter
Tony Ryan
Project Manager, PBA FM, Adelaide South Australia

Project Consultant
Dr John Ashfield
Psychotherapist, author and educator, South Australia

Project Reference Group
Dr John Ashfield
Psychotherapist, author and educator, South Australia

Dr Mary Brooksbank AM
Retired Director, Palliative Care Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital, retired Medical Director, Mary Potter Hospice, Calvary Hospital Adelaide, and current Chair, Palliative Care Council of South Australia

The Honourable Martyn Evans
Former Minister for Health and former Minister for Ageing, South Australia

Professor Roderick MacLeod
Conjoint Professor of Palliative Care Medicine, The University of Sydney, and Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Care, HammondCare, Sydney

Enquiries and comments

Email to Tony Ryan – learningworks (at) pbafm.org.au

PO Box 433, Salisbury 5108 South Australia

Or add a post to the website – www.insearchofagooddeath.com.au 

PODCASTS

Program 01

So What Is a Good Death?

Changing societal attitudes to death and dying

First broadcast  - Week Beginning Monday 28 April 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 02

Legal Matters

Putting things in order, so as not to worry

First broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 05 May 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 03

It’s Their Home

Some perspectives on end-of-life care in residential facilities

First broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 12 May 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 04

Saying No To Further Treatment

Emergency Departments and end-of-life care

Week Beginning Monday 19 May 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 05

The Changing Landscape of Care

When the clearly-expressed wish is to die at home

Week Beginning Monday 26 May 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 06

Learning the Steps of a Difficult Dance

The will to live competing with a terminal illness

Week Beginning Monday 02 June 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 07

Hospice Care at Home

The privilege of caring for those who are dying

Week Beginning Monday 09 June 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 08

Wisdom Grounded in Practice

The unique skills and awareness of those working with terminally ill patients

Week Beginning Monday 16 June 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 09

Difficult Conversations

Giving caregivers and families good support, and information on options

Week Beginning Monday 23 June 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 10

Life Tipped Upside Down

Caring for a child with a life-limiting illness – Kate’s Story

Week Beginning Monday 30 June 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 11

The Tyranny of Distance

Special issues in end of life care in rural settings

Week Beginning Monday 07 July 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 12

Beyond Pills and Platitudes

The importance of authentic human communication

Week Beginning Monday 14 July 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 13

The Sounds of Silence

Silence as a valuable means of communication

Week Beginning Monday 21 July 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 14

Beliefs and Meaning

God, religion, death and dying

Week Beginning Monday 28 July 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 15

Daring to Challenge Cultural Conventions

Searching for meaning and hope in dying without religion or spirituality

Week Beginning Monday 04 August 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 16

Ethical Matters

Some often-raised questions in end-of-life care

Week Beginning Monday 11 August 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 17

Burying Our Dead

Meaningful and healing rituals

Week Beginning Monday 18 August 2014

Study Guide      Podcast

Program 18

Spreading the Word

End of Life literacy in the community

Week Beginning Monday 25 August 2014

Study Guide      Podcast