Welcome to the 2019 NSW Palliative Care Volunteer Conference!

Atura Blacktown has a colourful and diverse inner life.

Vibrant colour schemes, random works of art and pop culture, silver, gold, textured and smooth surfaces compete for your eye’s attention. Not even the ventilation ducts have been hidden, its all out there.

Some will find it too busy, others will say that it’s chaotic and others will feel right at home.

View of the foyer at Atura Blacktown, venue for the 2019 NSW Palliative Care Volunteer Conference 3-4 June 2019.

Each of us has an inner life, some more colourful than others.

Our inner life is how we form connections with our patients and their family members. Less through clinical skill, more through the human richness that we bring to the support that we offer.

What does it mean to offer support? How does support bring hope to a person, help them to cope better, find new meanings in their relationships? Where do volunteers fit into the ‘therapeutic’ team that offers palliative care to people at end of life?

Interested? Then why not join us in Blacktown 3-4 June 2019 to meet with like-minded souls for a discussion about palliative care volunteering, relationships in care and therapeutic alliance.

Day 1 consists of afternoon workshops – choose from 1 of 3 – that look variously at how the human condition copes with life and the ending of life.

Day 2 is a conference format with key speakers exploring palliative care, trauma, resilience, art, expression, biography and memories.

We look forward to seeing you in Blacktown in June!

Jacquie Martinez & Alex Huntir, Co-convenors, NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteer Services.