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Peter Hudson—Vulnerability 

Peter Hudson—Vulnerability
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Peter Hudson—Vulnerability
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Philip J Larkin

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10.1093/med/9780198703310.003.0015
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date: 02 December 2020

In this chapter, Peter Hudson argues that palliative care is only now developing in Australia. Even so, there are clearly positive elements which support a strong future for palliative care and the place of compassion in future palliative care delivery. Through a challenging case, the need for practitioners to understand their own motivations, attitudes, and fears are explored as the delivery of compassionate care by a specialist palliative care team is presented. In addressing the question as to whether compassion has been lost in health care, Peter Hudson argues that poor care co-ordination leads to fragmentation and error which, from the perspective of the patient and their carer, makes it appear that they are undervalued and disrespected. This chapter opens the debate on how we reach and care for the marginalized and disenfranchised in our society, and how compassion as the bedrock of best practice leads to inclusion rather than exclusion as the norm.

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