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Our Enduring Commitment to End of Life Care

February 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


For over 180 years, our services in Australia have served people with a life-limiting illness through a commitment to excellence in end of life care. This reflects our healthcare tradition of nearly 2,000 years which seeks out those who are vulnerable in any way and responds to them through compassion and accompaniment with the best skills and knowledge available. In this, our ethic of care aligns with the long tradition of Hippocratic medicine. In this seminar, we will explore this commitment to excellence in end of life care, its manifestations nationally and internationally, what it looks like in Victoria in the advent of the ‘Voluntary Assisted Dying Act’, and how we can continue to commit courageously to excellence in end of life care.

Who should attend? Health, aged care and social services organisation executives, clinicians, managers, mission leaders, ethicists and pastoral practitioners; clergy, parish pastoral associates, academics, nursing and other health and care professionals.


Morning session: 9:30 for 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (Morning tea on arrival) Focus: Our Ethic of Care Endures: Setting the scene 1. Learnings from the international perspective – Dr Carol Taylor 2. The Australian context – Dr Dan Fleming, Group Manager Ethics & Formation, St Vincent’s Health Australia Accompanied by a panel of experts featuring: – A/Prof Bernadette Tobin, Director – Plunket Centre for Health Ethics – Dr Nigel Zimmermann, Associate Director of Church Policy, Australian Catholic University – Donna Filippich, Legal Counsel, St Vincent’s Health Australia

Afternoon session: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Focus: How our Model of Care Endures Today 1. Palliative Care report – Dr Ellen Marks, General Manager of Advocacy and Inclusion at One Door Mental Health 2. Communicating our continued commitment to care – Mark Green, National Director of Mission, Calvary Accompanied by a panel of Experts featuring: – Stephen Lyons End of Life Communications Manager, Calvary – Kathy Bowlen General Manager, Media & Communications, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne 3. Final observations, next steps – A/Prof Natasha Michael Director of Palliative Medicine, Cabrini Health

Cost $120 full day, $65 half day. Refreshments included.

Seminar enquiries to Catholic Health Australia: Susan Sullivan, Director Mission Strategy, susans@cha.org.au , Annette Panzera, Director, Health Policy, AnnetteP@cha.org.au or Emma Hoban, Health Policy Officer emmah@cha.org.au


February 11, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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ACU, Mannix Building, Fitzroy
115 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065 Australia
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