Palliative Care and the Spiritual Journey Conference in Perth, WA

Date: Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 September 2018

A special conference for those looking to better equip themselves in the spiritual care of seniors.

This three day conference focuses on providing helpful information to assist in caring for those in palliative aged care. The keynote speakers will share their insights from years of experience in palliative care, including grief support for residents as well as their family and loved ones.

When: Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 September 2018

Where: Bethanie on the Park, Plantation St Menora

Time: 9am - 4pm

Cost: $60 per person per day or $150 for the three days. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

RSVP by 20 August: Registrations are essential, please RSVP to david.vanleen@bethanie.com.au. Registration form.

Keynote Speakers

Doug Bridge: Doug is married with three sons. After training as a general physician and in tropical medicine, he lived for two years in a Bangladeshi village. He helped pioneer the development of palliative care in Australia and Asia, and was the head of Palliative Care Service at Royal Perth Hospital from 1993 - 2013.

His special interest is the psychospiritual challenges of dying. His two day 'Spirituality Workshop' is being adopted by the Royal Australian College of Physicians for use by palliative medicine advanced trainees.

Doug's presentation will form a four part workshop over days 1 and 2.

Professor Ann Zubrick: Ann is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), a speech therapist and educator with a doctorate in life-course developmental psychology.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University focussing on the pastoral and spiritual care of older people, including those with dementia and mental illness. She runs a variety of community education programs on ageing and spirit, with an emphasis on how each of us might grow, create, find meaning and invest our talents wisely in the greater cause of life as we age.

Doris Zagdanski: Doris has worked in and around the funeral industry for over 30 years in the fields of training, community education and grief support. She also oversees the website MyGriefAssist which focuses on a contemporary view of grief with a variety of free resources. 

Doris wrote her first book on the subject of teenagers and grief in 1990 and this began a public speaking career around Australia and New Zealand. She now has seven books published and her best selling book on empathy 'Stuck For Words - what to say to someone who is grieving' is Doris' most requested topic for professional training and development. She communicates a compelling message with a blend of humour, honesty, empathy and passion for her field.

Local Speakers: A variety of local speakers will provide their insights into palliative care during the conference.

Conference information brochure (.pdf)