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Masterclasses Thursday 7th June


9.00 Arrive and register

9.30 Masterclasses commence

4.30 Masterclasses end

4:45 for a 5:00 start  - 6:30pm launch of the State of Play of Death Literacy in Australia - a special event. RSVP Jessie[at]


Workshop 1

Dr Julian Abel

Session 1: Palliative care - the new essentials

It is the combined efforts of specialist and generalists, compassionate communities and the civic component of end of life care as contained in the compassionate city charter, that help to address the support that is needed for those undergoing the experiences of caregiving, death dying and loss. We will examine what each of the key components of each of these essentials and look at how this might be implemented as a unified programme of palliative care, transforming palliative care services at the same time as providing equity of care to the unifying experiences associated with death. 

Session 2: Compassionate communities - bringing this in to routine clinical practice.

Enhancing naturally occurring supportive networks is the fundamental way of building compassionate communities. There are a variety of enablers to doing this and also obstacles. How to enhance networks is a skill which we will learn. At the same time, we will look at opportunities for using this skill in routine clinical care, combining it with building the community resources open to compassionate communities. 


Workshop 2


Kerrie Noonan

Death Literacy for Health Professionals.

When was the last time your knowledge was updated on end of life planning tools?
Have you had an opportunity to really reflect on your own end of life values?
How do we support our patients and colleagues to talk about dying and death without fear? How are you progressing the call for greater death literacy in your professional network and with your patients and families?

While the evidence shows end of life planning provides significant personal and social benefits, we are not, despite best efforts, doing it. We all have a role in changing this and for those of us working as health professionals, being death literate is more important than ever. Death literacy is the practical know-how needed to plan well for end of life.  It is a set of knowledge and skills that make it possible to gain access to, understand and act upon end of life and death care options. People, and communities with high levels of death literacy have an understanding of the death system and the ability to put that knowledge into practice. Being death literate means being able to access and plan for the range of end of life choices available.


Workshop 3


Dr John Rosenberg, Ms Wendy Gain

Forming partnerships through community engagement to build compassionate communities.

The goal of partnership is to achieve more than individuals and groups can achieve on their own, yet the concept is often poorly understood. A clearly articulated understanding of partnership is a powerful step in transforming healthcare engagement with the community and building compassionate communities.

This interactive Masterclass will enable participants to gain a clear understanding of partnership, understand the evidence-based, recognised principles of establishing and maintaining partnerships, and identify practical approaches to partnering to take back to their organisations and communities.


Workshop 4

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Dr Bruce Rumbold, Andrea Grindrod

Compassion in Community Development

This workshop will explore the forms compassion can take in local communities, and outline ways in which community members might identify, build upon, and nurture the connections that link them to that community. The workshop will be grounded by looking at ways in which communities can build partnerships to enhance end of life care. To do this we'll introduce you to the Healthy End of Life Program: offering and accepting help, a strategy we've developed whilst working with local communities in Victoria.

The perspective from which we work is that of public health. The foundation for this is creating healthy settings, and from there attention moves to the insights, skills, relationships and policies that are needed to develop the assets - many of them dormant - that are already present in community life. We'll use examples from our own work, and will draw upon your projects and plans to explore possibilities for building compassionate communities.