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)
Workshop A – Kate Englebrecht Spirituality and Reflective Practice
Workshop B – Dr Michael Barbato Experiences around Death and Dying
Workshop C – Michael Dash Mindfulness and Grief
1700 – 1800 NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteers – June Quarterly Meeting
1800 – 1930 FREE Film screening, all welcome – Love in our Own Time
1930 Dinner/Social Event held at venue
Tuesday 4th June Day 2 Conference
0900 – 1000 Conference Registration
1000 – 1030 Conference Opening with MC Bernadette Orange, Welcome to Country with Uncle Greg Simms
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.
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 – 1515 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.
1515 – 1545 Afternoon Tea
1545 – 1700 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions – “Exploring relationships in palliative care”
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