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Join us for the online Waipuna Hospice Symposium ‘Dying For Change – Evolution and Revolution in Palliative Care’.

Our symposium aims to encourage everyone to think about how we can revolutionise end of life care to meet the ever-changing and complex needs of a growing and ageing population. To make this possible, we are bringing together community leaders from local and international health professionals, not for profit organisations and community groups to share their knowledge and experience in creating positive changes to support people at the end of their lives.

This engaging and informative half-day event is for health care professionals that seek further knowledge of palliative care services, as well as educators, students, and carers.

Tickets include access to our online event, including the ability to ask questions of our excellent speakers.

Date: Monday 16th May 2022
Time: 8am – 12pm
Venue: Virtual Zoom link will be provided to registered ticket holders


The Lancet Commission on the Value of Death

Presented by
Dr Libby Sallnow

Learn More About: The Lancet Commission on the Value of Death

The story of dying in the 21st century is a story of paradox. Many people are overtreated in hospitals with families and communities relegated to the margins, at considerable cost. Covid-19 has meant people have died the ultimate medicalised deaths, often alone but for masked staff in hospitals and intensive care units, unable to communicate fully with family. But in other settings, including in some lower-income countries, many people remain undertreated, dying of preventable conditions and without access to basic pain relief. The unbalanced and contradictory picture of death and dying is the basis for the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death. It argues that a rebalancing is needed of the relationships and partnerships between people who are dying, families, communities, health and social care systems, and wider civic society. Drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives from around the globe, the Commissioners argue that death and life are bound together: without death there would be no life. The Commission sets out five principles of a realistic utopia: the social determinants of death, dying, and grieving are tackled; dying is understood to be a relational and spiritual process rather than simply a physiological event; networks of care lead support for people dying, caring, and grieving; conversations and stories about everyday death, dying, and grief become common; and death is recognised as having value. This presentation will explore the relevance of the Commission in transforming how people live, care, die and grieve in the 21st century.

Palliative care: The Invisible String

Presented by
Dr Florry O’Connell

Learn More About: Palliative care - The Invisible String

In his talk, Dr Florry O’Connell will focus on those who have inspired his journey through his training and who he takes with him into every consultation with those he is caring for.

Death Literacy: Using the concept to create change in palliative care

Presented by
Dr Kerrie Noonan

Learn More About: Death Literacy - Using the concept to create change in palliative care

The Death Literacy concept is being used globally in public health palliative care initiatives. Death Literacy is defined as the knowledge and skills that people need to make it possible to gain access to, understand, and make informed choices about end of life and death care options. People and communities with high levels of death literacy have context specific knowledge about the death system and the ability to put that knowledge into practice. This presentation will explore the concept of death literacy and provide a framework to support the delivery of compassionate communities and other public health initiatives.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Presented by
Prof Leeroy William

Learn More About: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

We are at a major crossroads in the delivery of healthcare internationally. There has been too much of the science of Medicine and not enough of the art of Medicine. Healthcare has become dehumanised and yet humans are integral to the system! Palliative care can, and must, play an integral role in re-humanising healthcare…but the revolution will not be televised.

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