Creating Compassionate Communities: Building Death Literacy
June 7-8, 2018 | Figtree Conference Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney
Compassionate Communities is a whole of community approach to end of life support where caring for one another at times of need, loss and/or crisis becomes the task and responsibility of everyone.
At the heart of this movement for change, is the adoption of a whole of community approach where formal care provision and informal support networks come together to provide support for people who are dying and grieving.
This two day conference will bring together individuals and groups working at the threshold of innovation in the health space and in community initiatives and who wish to develop the critical awareness and skills in:
- Community engagement and community development
- Social networks and capacity building
- Partnerships and collaboration
- Evaluating change
To make the most of your learning and networking, we encourage you to register for both days of the conference.
Who is the conference for?
Death literacy conferences bring together an eclectic mix of people from palliative care, primary health, funeral services, celebrants, end of life doulas, care workers, chaplains, as well as researchers and policy makers.
The Venue: Figtree Conference Centre - 5 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
The Figtree Conference Center is found at heart of Sydney Olympic Park, there is free on-site parking and easy access to public transport. It is also within walking distance of the hotels and restaurants around the Olympic Park precinct.
Figtree is a venue with a social conscience, an enterprise that employs people with a lived experience of mental health issues. The GroundSwell Project is excited about using the Figtree Conference Centre for our event and we recognise and acknowledge our shared values of a supported and supportive community.
Day 1: Thursday June 7th
9.00 Arrive and register
9.30 Masterclasses commence
4.30 Masterclasses end
5:00 - 6:30pm launch of the State of Play of Death Literacy in Australia - a special event. RSVP Jessie[at]thegroundswellproject.com
Day 2: Friday June 8th
8.00am Arrive and register
Jessie Williams, Executive Director, The GroundSwell Project
MC Kerry Graham, CEO, Collaboration for Impact
9.00 - 9.30am Prof Debbie Horsfall: Death literacy: Everyone's talking about it and that's a blessing and a curse!
9.30 - 10.00am Anna Collins: Shifting community understandings of palliative care: How can we transform experiences of care within health systems?
10.00 - 10.30am Stefan Hunt: Fear Less. Live More. We’re All Going To Die.
10.30 - 11am Break
11.00 - 12.30pm: Concurrent Sessions
12.30 - 1.15pm lunch
1.15 - 1.45pm Dr Julian Abel: Palliative care - the new essentials.
1.45 - 2.15pm Prof Merryn Gott: Understanding and strengthening families in their end of life caregiving work: the New Zealand experience
2.15 - 3.15pm: Concurrent Sessions
Room 4: Writing Loss
3.15 - 3.30 Break
3.30 - 4.00pm Barbara Gale: Volunteering in community: Re-thinking rules and boundaries in palliative care
4.00 - 4.45pm Elham Day: Desegregating Deathcare : Innovation or Invocation?
4.45 - 5.00pm Closing remarks and drinks.