GroundSwell in the Media

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November 2nd, 2018

Death and taxes – both are inevitable. Taxes are one of the first things squared away when starting a new job, but when (if ever) does someone at work sit you down and talk about death?

Did you know the number of Australians that will die per year is going to double in the next 25 years? Sixty-seven per cent of employees continue working while undergoing treatment for an illness and 94 per cent of carers balance work with their personal responsibilities.

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June 7th, 2018

Matter Of Fact With Stan Grant

Compassionate Communities

Kerrie Noonan and Niki Read talk about Compassionate Communities as a way of combating loneliness and isolation in our elderly.

Broadcast 9:00pm Thu 7 Jun 2018.
Available on iview until 9:45pm on 21 Jun 2018.


Nov 3, 2016

Good weekend / SMH: Last rites: how the Western world has lost its 'death literacy'

Many Australians are in denial about dying. Blame decades of outsourcing the entire end-of-life business, say the experts now working to wind back our fears.

Writer: Jackie Dent

Photographer: Nic Walker

Photographer: Nic Walker


Sept 17, 2016

Australian Ethical - Jessie williams featured

We live in an era with a record-high number of simultaneous female world leaders. If we can get to a critical mass of women in decision-making roles, we’ll have an enormous impact on the ability to solve some of the world’s biggest issues.

Women all over the world have a powerful voice, and it’s not just the occasional women politicians. Many women around the globe are actively participating in peacemaking, peacebuilding, post-conflict processes, climate change mitigation, disaster risk reduction planning and recovery, and working tirelessly to find solutions to a whole range of global issues.

Just take a look at these inspiring, changemaking Australian women who are fighting to make a difference in the world.



Feb 25th, 2016

Ideas Hoist

Jessie Williams wants to live in a world where everybody is learning, privileged people work for equality, and dragon boat racing is the united nations sport of choice.

She is Executive Director of the Groundswell Project, a leading social enterprise known for using innovative arts and health programs to create social and cultural change about death and dying. As a learning entrepreneur, she’s facilitated for over 20 years for The School for Social Entrepreneurs, The Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Hunger Project and the Create Foundation. In all of her spare time, she runs learning sessions on grief, ethics and coaching.


Oct 2, 2016

UpStart: Conversations About Mortality

The GroundSwell project is trying to change perceptions about death, writes Katherine McLeod.

Written by: Katherine McLeod


Aug 10, 2016

SMH / Money: Families encouraged to talk about funeral plans before it's too late

According to the latest Australian Seniors Insurance Agency's Circle of Life study, an online survey of 1000 over-50s carried out by CoreData, only about 13 per cent of respondents have prepared for their own funeral.

Writer: Bina Brown


Aug 2, 2015

Why talking about death is good for you

If the subject of death is having a bit of a revival, it’s partly thanks to Kerrie Noonan, the Australian behind Dying to Know Day, held annually on August 8.  She’s on a mission to get people talking about death, to make plans, make their wishes known, and be better prepared to help loved ones through their own dying. “It’s no longer true to say death is a taboo subject,” she told me. “People do want to talk about it.”

Adele Horin: Why talking about death is good for you



Slow Living Magazine Summer Edition 2015/16 - 'A Good Death'