Monday 3rd June  Day 1 Pre-Conference Workshops

1200 – 1300 Workshop Registration (attendees may register for workshop & conference)

1300 – 1700 Pre-conference workshops (includes afternoon tea at 2:45 – 3:15 pm)

Workshop A – Kate Englebrecht   Spirituality and Reflective Practice (Campbell room)

Workshop B – Dr Michael Barbato    Experiences around Death and Dying (Macarthur room)

Workshop C – Michael Dash        Mindfulness and Grief (Donohue room)

1700 – 1800 NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteers – June Quarterly Meeting (Donohue room)

1800 – 1930 FREE Film screening, all welcome – Love in our Own Time (Macarthur room)

1930 Dinner/Social Event. Meet in the lobby.

Tuesday 4th June  Day 2  Conference

0900 – 1000      Conference Registration

1000 – 1030     Conference Opening with Palliative Care NSW’s EO Linda Hansen, MC Bernadette Orange, Welcome to Country with Uncle Greg Simms and a message from one of our gold sponsors the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation by their CEO Nicola Stokes.

Linda Hansen has been with Palliative Care NSW for over 10 years. Prior to that she worked as a consultant with a range of clients including Palliative Care Australia. Linda worked for Carers Australia for some years and before that was an employee of the Commonwealth Public Service in Canberra. Linda has a passion for improving access to quality care for everyone. She often jokes that once you’re in palliative care – you’re in for good! Linda has a broad range of skills that include governance, policy and strategic planning. Her current focus is on community capacity building and building compassionate cities around end of life care. Linda has a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences and a reasonable capacity to hold a tune.

Bernadette Orange is currently Clinical Nurse Consultant with Western NSW Local Health District based in Parkes. She has extensive experience as a Registered Nurse with previous expertise in Emergency and Coronary Care, and has been involved in Palliative care in Central West for the past 14 years. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care from Flinders University. Bernadette helped set up the Parkes Palliative Care volunteer service in 2013 in conjunction with the Parkes Neighbourhood Central and continues to be actively involved in the support, education and development of the volunteers as well as providing input into the recent development of other rural palliative care volunteer sites in the Central West. She is passionate about accessible, equitable and exemplary care at end of life. Bernadette loves life in the country with her family and a few thousand sheep for company.

Uncle Greg Simms is a well known and respected Aboriginal Elder, not just in the local community but across Sydney. He is a Gundungarra man and a Gadigal man, growing up in La Perouse and learning the traditional ways as a child, later moving out west, where he now calls home. Uncle Greg’s lessons in making tools such as shields, clubs, digging sticks and woomeras began at around the age of six. He has developed and honed his abilities in this ancient skill over many years and shares his skills through demonstrations and displays at various events around Sydney, including recently at NAIDOC celebrations in Parramatta and at the Blak Markets in La Perouse. Uncle Greg is a long time member of the Mt Druitt and District Reconciliation Group, as he is a very strong advocate and activist for reconciliation. His long list of commitments and roles in the community reflects these goals. He loves to share his knowledge and stories. This is evident in his role as an Aboriginal Elder on Campus at Western Sydney University.

Nicola Stokes In a career spanning more than 20 years Nicola has held national and international leadership positions in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors as CEO, senior executive and director. Previously she was the CEO at Special Olympics Australia where the focus was the transition from a federated organisation to a national one, at the same time leading the organisation through a sustainability crisis. Before that, as CEO of the Australian Diabetes Council, the imperative was growing the membership from 54,000 to 200,000 and this was achieved through increased product options, enhanced service delivery and stronger government engagement.
While working for ANZ Bank, as General Manager Global Shared Services, Nicola was awarded the International Quality and Productivity Council (IQPC) Shared Services Thought Leader of the Year for her model which included a captive centre in Bangalore. Nicola was also appointed to the United Nations Environment Program – Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) Steering Committee. Nicola played a key role in facilitating the establishment of the NSW Parliament Diabetes Support Group; 2012 was appointed to the NSW Premier’s Council for Active Living; and was also invited to become a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the NSW Office of Preventative Health. As Co-Chair of the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for Child program, which operated in 36 countries, Nicola facilitated the increase in number of countries, hospitals and doctors who were receiving Type 1 diabetes education and supplies for the treatment of children; and as a Board member of Stretch-A-Family, Nicola assisted in the development of a growth strategy in the changing environment of foster care in NSW. Nicola is a graduate of Monash University, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and INSEAD, Paris

1030 – 1115      Plenary 1 – The ‘IMPACT’ we have on the lives of others: palliative care and sacred space  Melissa Cumming

Melissa Cumming is the Director of Cancer and Palliative Care Services for the Far West LHD. Melissa is a Registered Nurse with over 33 years’ experience in Palliative Care. She has a Master’s Degree in Palliative Care, and a background in bereavement counselling and university education. After establishing the Specialist Palliative Care Service in Broken Hill in 1989, she trained her first group of palliative care volunteers in 1991. After many years without volunteers, Melissa employed Volunteer Coordinators who oversee a new and growing cohort of palliative care volunteers for the community and inpatient setting.

1115 – 1145      Morning Tea

1145 – 1230      Plenary 2 – Protective Mechanisms against Vicarious Trauma Lyn Worsley

Lyn Worsley is a Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. She is the director of the Resilience Centre in Sydney Australia, which has a reputation for innovative solution -focused approaches to client change through individual and group therapies for over 21 years. At the Resilience Centre, Lyn supervises specialist psychologists, and coordinates community seminars, training workshops, and resilience groups for people of all ages. Lyn and the team of Psychologists at the Resilience Centre have set up specialist clinics for youth with eating difficulties, adults with past trauma and a unique service for separated families using a solution focused family intervention model.

1230 – 1315      Plenary 3 – Telling their Story: The Sacred Heart Volunteer Biography Service  Julie Gissing and Robyn Swanson

Since 2016 Julie Gissing and Robyn Swanson have jointly managed the volunteers involved in the Sacred Heart Biography Service. The Biography Service in its current form started at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney with one volunteer in 2009. Julie and Robyn, both experienced volunteers, were recruited as joint coordinators to develop the Service and ensure its sustainability. Since then the number of trained biography volunteers has grown to 45, enabling members of the Community Palliative Care Team to offer it with confidence to their clients, with referrals coming from community nurses and allied health.

1315 – 1415      Lunch

1415 – 1530      Panel Discussion – Therapeutic Relationships  Kate Englebrecht (facilitator)

Kate Englebrecht has a background in education, pastoral care, leadership and community and until recently was Director of Mission and Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. Her work involves supporting people, communities and organisations to keep focus on the things that matter and to recognise the things that don’t. In 2018 Kate facilitated a number of forums around NSW on Spirituality and Palliative Care on behalf of the Volunteer Support Services Programme. Kate has a particular desire to support those who care for those who are dying, to encourage people to speak what needs to be said and to engage people in worthwhile conversations.

1530 – 1545      Afternoon Tea

1545 – 1700      Afternoon Concurrent Sessions – “Exploring relationships in palliative care”

Due to unforeseen circumstances, some presenters are no longer available. The concurrent sessions will now be held as one single session. Luckily, this means we can all get the benefit of not having to choose which group to see and missing out on some.

  1. Abstract presentations

1700 – 1730      Plenary 4 – Palliative Companion Animals Delta Therapy Dogs  

Jacinthe Brosseau is the Sydney Therapy Dogs Branch Coordinator at Delta Society. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Jacinthe has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and has been working in the community sector in Australia for over 13 years. Jacinthe is passionate about supporting people (and their dogs) into volunteering, and adopts an inclusive and strength-based approach. Delta Society’s mission is to promote and facilitate positive interaction between people and companion animals. Delta Therapy Dogs is a heartwarming program that brings the joys of animal companionship to those who need it most.  Delta’s amazing and devoted volunteer Therapy Dog teams brighten the lives of an estimated 20,000 Australians in healthcare and welfare facilities every week. Jacinthe brings with her some Delta volunteers and their special Delta dogs who will share their experiences visiting in palliative care environments. 

1730 – 1800     Conference Close

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of our gold sponsors:

And our silver sponsor: