Dr Claire Hepper
Dr Claire Hepper is a GP working and living in Creswick, Victoria, where she was born and raised. Her father Brian was a solo GP working and living in Creswick for the past 43 years and the inspiration for the “cradle to grave and beyond" continuity of community compassionate approach that Claire aspires to deliver. Her passion (apart from beer) is assisting patients with understanding their options for end of life care and promoting the patient as being 'the captain of their own ship'. Claire and Dr Allison O’Neill worked with Jeremy and Belinda McKnight to found 'Shannon's Bridge' in 2016 and connects patients and families with support during dying, death and grief. The charity was named in honour of Jeremy and Belinda's 19 year old daughter Shannon who died at home in regional Victoria in May 2016 and in response to a need and a gap in end of life care. Shannon's Bridge are working across formal and informal caring networks in advance care planning, training volunteers to provide practical assistance, death literacy and building up the 'compassion currency' of their communities and resilience in the face of loss. Claire would like to share with you some of the strategies Shannon's Bridge are employing in her community.