This draft Programme will be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed.

Thursday 8 November

Pre-conference workshops

There will be four pre-conference workshops and a half-day guided tour, focusing on topics and issues that may be of interest to conference attendees who may be new to palliative care – or coming to this specialist field from another specialty. Details of these are as follows:

Workshop A

Communication – The Heart and Mind of the Matter (presented by Kathleen Wurth and Nilda Miranda, Palliative Care CNCs)

What are critical conversations and who is responsible for having them with clients.

Negotiating treatment goals with patients, families and clinical teams.

Looking as well as hearing – when to escalate concerns

The gift of ‘presence’

Recommended for anyone involved in palliative and end-of-life care, including volunteers


Workshop B

You don’t always need the Palliative Care team: Last Days of Life Toolkit

How to adopt a palliative approach to end-of-life care without the Palliative Care team?

The Clinical Excellence Commission(CEC) in collaboration with clinicians and consumer advisers, developed these tools for generalist clinicians to improve the care of the dying patient, and are not intended to replace local guidelines or Specialist Palliative Care advice.

The tools relate to:

  • Recognition of the dying patient, management planning and care after death;
  • Medication prescribing for symptom management;
  • Accelerated transfer to die at home;
  • Communication.
    Recommended for anyone involved in End of Life Care


PM Session

Workshop C

Let’s talk about basic drugs in palliative care (Presented by Dr Greg Barclay, Specialist Palliative Care Physician)

Common symptoms and medications.

Costs and benefits of treatment.

Complications and comorbidities.

Balancing medications/treatments with patient goals and preferences.

Recommended for anyone interested in Palliative Care, including nurses, allied health staff, aged care workers and volunteers


Workshop D

Grief: An Introduction to Grief and Bereavement 

When does grief start?

Ways of coping

Finding the ‘new normal’

Self care strategies – for carers and staff

Possible roles for volunteers and communities

Recommended for anyone involved in palliative and end-of-life care, including volunteers


Guided Tour

Tender Funerals guided tour

Bus trip to Port Kembla Community Centre, where Tender Funerals began. A contemporary community-based funeral service, Tender Funerals aims to empower people around death and dying, and offer a not for profit funeral service that is affordable. Lunch at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple. (Leave Kiama Pavilion 11.30am, returning 4pm) (Limited to 24 people). Register at Conference Venue 10.30am for bus collection at 11am. .



Pre-conferenceCommunication - the heart and mind of the matter
Let's talk about basic drugs in palliative careDr Greg Barclay and Dr Zivai Nangati
Good Grief: An introduction to Grief and Bereavement
You don't always need the Palliative Care Team: Last Days of Life Toolkit
5.00 - 5.30pmPCNSW AGM
6.00pm - 8.00pmWelcome Reception and Registration including:
PCNSW President's WelcomeProfessor Deb Parker
Mayor of Kiama welcome
Mark Honey
Music and Croquet on the lawns

Friday 9 November

StartEnd SessionRoom
7.00am7.45amTai Chi on the beach
8.00am8.45am      Registrations open  Foyer
8.45am8.50am       PCNSW Executive Officer’s Welcome, Linda HansenPlenary
8.50am8.55am       Day 1 Welcome addressPlenary
8.55am9.10am       Welcome to CountryPlenary
9.10am9.20am       Minister’s welcomePlenary
9.20am 10.10am     Keynote Address 1 – Professor Deb Parker, Acting President, PCNSWPlenary
10.10am10.40am  Morning Tea  Foyer
10.40am11.40pm   Keynote Address 2 – Dr Robert Twycross: Palliative Sedation and EuthanasiaPlenary
11.40pm12.10pm   Keynote Address 3 – Dr Michael Barbato: The Waves I've Ridden (Meaningful Dying)Plenary
12.10pm12.30pm    Joint Questions - Dr Michael Barbato and Dr Robert TwycrossPlenary
12.30pm1.30pm     Lunch and Poster judgingFoyer
1.30pm2.30pm       Afternoon workshops and concurrent sessionsVarious
2.30pm3.00pm       Afternoon TeaFoyer
3.00pm3.45pm       Keynote Address 4 TBCPlenary
3.45pm4.45pm       Panel: Cultural Q&APlenary
4.45pm    Day 1 ClosePlenary
6.30pm7.00pmPre-dinner drinks and canapes
7.00pm  Gala Dinner

Saturday 10 November

startend sessionroom
7.00am7.45amTai Chi on the beach
7.30am8.30am      Clinical Breakfast: Prescribing Medicinal CannabisTBC
8:00am8.50am      Registrations OpenFoyer
8.50am9.00am       Day 2 welcomePlenary
9.00am9.45am       Keynote Address 5 - Dr Judith Lacey: Medicinal CannabisPlenary
9.45am10.30am     Keynote Address 6  - Dr Kathy Eagar: Choices at End of Life: Palliative Care, Euthanasia and other End of Life decisionsPlenary
10.30am11.00am   Morning TeaFoyer
11.00am12.30pm   Morning Workshops and Concurrent SessionsVarious
12.30pm1.30pm     Lunch and poster judgingFoyer
1.30pm2.30pm       Afternoon Workshops and Concurrent SessionsVarious
2.30pm3.00pm       Afternoon TeaPlenary
3.00pm3.45pm       Keynote Address 7 - Dr Joanne Doran - Palliative Care then and NowPlenary
3.45pm4.30pm       Panel - Riding the Waves with Dr Robert Twycross, Dr Joanne Doran and morePlenary
4.30pm4.40pm       Conference Close - Linda HansenPlenary
5.00pmlate             Post-conference cheese and wineThe Sebel Harbourside,
31 Shoalhaven St,