• Voluntary assisted dying and the implications for palliative care - Q&A discussion


The biennial Australian Palliative Care Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia for anyone who is interested in quality palliative care at the end of life. Don’t miss out on your chance to attend this unrivalled personal development opportunity.

The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 6 – 8 September 2017, with the theme of ‘Connection with Community.’

The conference will attract the decision makers of today, the future leaders of tomorrow, policy influencers and those involved in the latest research and thinking about palliative care.

You will meet more than 800 clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and more who have a passion for palliative care. You’ll also be mixing with providers of palliative care, volunteers and consumers.

This program has been tailor-made for the industry. Our lineup will use their extensive field experience to both inform and inspire the audience. The 2017 conference will not only provide relevant data and facts from case studies, but also ideas for building a better future in palliative care.

All this exposure to learning is wrapped up in an enhanced networking program, capitalising on the finest epicurean experience possible – something Adelaide prides itself on.

Come join us, we are dying to see you.

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An extensive speaking list can be found here.


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Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the national peak body for palliative care. PCA represents all those who work towards high-quality palliative care for all Australians. Working closely with consumers, our member organisations and the palliative care workforce, we aim to improve access to palliative care. palliativecare.org.au


Latest conference updates



Fulton: Changing question to 'what will it take for you to have a good life?' instead of 'what are you entitled to?' makes huge difference

An interesting graphic on #palliativecare #hpm from @WHO perspective. @Hospice_Kenya @StHelenaHospice @HMSPallCare @Pall_Care_Aus

Kate Fulton talking about citizenship model for care #bp2017


10 dignity in care principles @KateSwaffer - simple principles that every workplace could use #bp2017

#bp2017 @KateSwaffer says she's always been pragmatic about end of life issues - bought cemetery plot for 18th bday https://t.co/0uX6HG8NYa

#bp2017 @KateSwaffer says there's a gross underestimation of the capacity of people diagnosed with dementia

Awesome to see our #dyingtotalk discussion starter included in #bp2017 materials.

Personalised bears made from a loved one’s jeans are always ready for a cuddle #palliativematters - https://t.co/ROBKbL5Sol

PCA eNews  17 August 2017 - https://t.co/j7nxbOMDAN

Research priorities in Australian adult palliative care https://t.co/g2y7UTVW2t | New post @palliverse #pallanz #hpmglobal #hpm

Follow #IPOS2017 for tweets from @IPOSPsychoOncol Congress in Berlin over the next 3 days #PallANZ Ping @COSAoncology @Pall_Care_Aus

Major palliative project in aged care aims to provide national framework - Australian Ageing Agenda https://t.co/cB2n9aATnl

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Vickie Hartland experienced an intense period of grief about 10 years ago, with the death of seven family members over just two years.

Vickie was moved to hear that her youngest nephew had started sleepwalking. For many years after his father’s death, he would wake up curled in a wardrobe under his father’s clothes.

For Vickie, it made sense that he would instinctively want to be near something that smelled reassuringly of his father.

“When I was told that you could help me record some reflections on my life my heart leapt, because it was something that I’ve always wanted to do, but I thought I’d run out of time because I no longer had the strength and energy to do it myself.” Patient who had their story recorded by volunteers.

"I learned a lot from seeing how two of my aunties approached dying. They both had an incredible sense of humour and wit. I don’t ever remember a sense of sadness when either were sick; neither as a child nor an adult. They both just enjoyed sharing stories, good times and having a laugh," Rebecca Wessels, business owner.

"These are not sad pictures, not sob pictures. They show there's still a bit of life here and I hope people can see a bit of happiness here," he says of his exhibition, titled "Come Walk With Me". "Someone once said, if you can't add days to your life, add life to your days." Alan Lee, photographer.

A biography program is being run out of Adelaide's Modbury Hospital palliative care unit as a way to help people gain some lasting memories of their loved ones before they die.

Fascinating project

Voting has opened to determine which of 46 artists will win this year’s People’s Choice award in Palliative Care Australia’s online art competition.

The entries include objects, photographs and paintings, each with a short explanation of how the piece fits with the theme Connection With Community.

“We still have a medicalised system in terms of death and dying. Most of us are dying in institutions and we can’t rely on our health system alone to create change. We can’t keep saying the doctors, nurses and palliative care people need to change death. It is going to need more of a bottom-up, top-down approach.” Kerrrie Noonan, co-founder of Dying to Know Day and The GroundSwell Project.

Tomorrow is Dying to Know Day! Find an event near you.

Voting is now open for the peoples' choice award in our 'Connection with Community' art competition. Check out all the amazing artworks and vote for your favourite.