Australian Palliative Care Conference 2017

Molly Carlile AM

The Deathtalker & CEO


Molly Carlile AM is a sought after public speaker, author and advocate for improving death literacy and building compassionate communities. She is Chief Executive Officer at Palliative Care South East Ltd an organisation that provides in home specialist palliative care to people of all ages and those close to them. In addition to her extensive clinical and management credentials, she is a multi- award winning presenter, author and champion for the use of the arts to increase community engagement in life and death conversations. Her efforts in this space were recognised in 2016 when she was awarded The Centre for Arts and Health, National Leadership Award.

Known as “the Deathtalker ®” Molly advocates for the needs of young people and adults who are dealing with terminal illness, grief and loss and to this end has written two books for children and young people, “Jelly Bean’s Secret” and “Sometimes Life Sucks”. Molly is Ambassador for international Dying to Know Day, an initiative that encourages communities to have meaningful conversations about death. To this end she speaks locally, nationally and internationally to ignite change. Her latest book, “The Death Talker” was written to both inform and inspire people to explore their mortality and share their thoughts with the people they love. Molly lives her motto, “the more we talk, the less we fear”.

Molly was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2014 for “significant service to community health through seminal contributions to organisations providing palliative care and to the performing arts”. In 2012 she was awarded the:

  • Health Minister’s Award for Outstanding achievement by an individual or team in healthcare, at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards,
  • the Deakin University and HealthSuper Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award, and the
  • International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Educator of the Year Award which she received in London.

In 2009 she won the Arts and Health Australia Award for Health Promotion and in 2008 she received a Churchill Fellowship

Molly is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Managers.


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