Australian Palliative Care Conference 2017

Margaret Ambridge

Artist and Palliative Care Physiotherapist

SA artist Margaret Ambridge is one of 82 artists who have entered Palliative Care Australia’s Life in Death art competition.

Margaret Ambridge is both a practicing physiotherapist and a nationally exhibited artist.

She has worked in Palliative Care, Aged Care and Chronic Pain Management for the last 25 years.

Margaret has been a finalist in many major art prizes, including the Waterhouse and the Fleurieu art prizes, and has been an invited artist to the Kedumba Drawing Award. Her work is held in public and private national, and private international collections.

In conjunction with this year’s PCA national conference ‘Connection with communities’ Margaret’s exhibition ‘’til death’ explores the effects that the process of dying has on all who experience it. Through the work Margaret creates a common ground that allows practitioners, patients and families to recognise their shared humanity; a space to explore emotions and feelings so often guarded or concealed with a shield of professionalism.

Examining life’s fragilities and the emotional intensity of daily work in palliative care Margaret’s art explores the metaphor provided by companion flowers and those glimpses of raw emotion seen unavoidably every day; momentary visions and conversations that once seen or heard, are impossible to forget.

Carers, and the cared for will always be deeply connected.

‘til death’ provides an opportunity for conversation for everyone travelling this path.


September 6, 2017
Plenary Session 2 – Interviews: Community response to dying
Plenary - Hall L
11.00am  -  12.30pm