Palliative and End of Life Care

Martin Bowles PSM appointed National CEO

Calvary Health Care is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Bowles as National Chief Executive Officer (NCEO), following the retirement of the current NCEO Mark Doran at the end of the year. Martin Bowles, formerly Secretary of the Department of Health, joins Calvary with a wealth of experience gained

Marriage, Same Sex Relationships and Calvary

With a sense of unease and discomfort, Calvary noted several media articles over the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 which claim that the “Catholic church” is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised. We reassure staff and

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Dying to Know Day – 8 August 2016

  Dying to Know Day  is an annual day that focuses on increasing awareness and talking about death and dying.   At some stage, everyone is likely to come into contact with people who have, a serious advancing illness and are approaching the end of their life or dying. If you find it

Launch of Death, Dying and Palliative Care DVD

One of the patients, Virginia de Groot, generously shares with the students her challenging experience of having a terminal illness and talking about it with her family, which for many of the students was a very moving and emotional experience.

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Dealing with death

David Bowie triggers a conversation about the meaning of life and dealing with death David Bowie’s death has stimulated many conversations about how we prepare for death, psychologically and spiritually. Not all people in palliative care are elderly, and the desire to seek spiritual meaning often comes to the fore

Mary Ringstad
Chance Encounters

“Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives; the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment that connects, like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swivelled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.” Bryce Courtenay Call it coincidence, destiny or fate but just

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Palliative care in Tiwi Islands

We are particularly fortunate to have local Tiwi people, featured in the images above and below, in key roles such as support workers, cleaners, recreational support, kitchen staff and gardeners. With their unique appreciation and understanding of local issues and the emotional, social and cultural support our residents need, they contribute