Thursday 8 November

Pre-conference workshops at the Pavilion

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:

8.30am – 10.30am    Workshop 1

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


10.45am – 12.45am      Workshop B

You don’t always need the Palliative Care team: Last Days of Life Toolkit (presented by Jo Davis (ISLHD End of Life Care Coordinator) and Bernadette King (Clinical Excellence Commission)

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

1:15pm – 3:15pm          Workshop 3

Grief: An Introduction to Grief and Bereavement (Presented by Kristin Bindley)

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


3:30pm – 5:30pm        Workshop 4

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


Guided Tour

Tender Funerals guided tour (led by Kay Cope)

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. .



8:00am Registrations for pre-conference workshops openFoyer
8:30 - 10:30amCommunication - the heart and mind of the matterPavilionKathleen Wurth and Nilda Miranda, Palliative Care CNCs

10:30 - 10:45amMorning Tea
10:45 - 12:45pmYou don't always need the Palliative Care Team: Last Days of Life ToolkitJo Davis, ISLHD End of Life Care Coordinator and Bernadette King, CEC

11:00amBus tour participants leave from the Pavilion for Nan Tien Temple and Tender Funerals with lunch at Nan Tien.Kay Cope will lead the tour
12:45 - 1:15pmLunch
1:15 - 3:15pmAn introduction to Grief and BereavementKristin Bindley

3:15 - 3:30pmAfternoon Tea
3:30 - 5:30pmLet's talk about basic drugs in palliative careDr Greg Barclay and Dr Zivai Nangati

5.00 - 5.30pmPCNSW AGM
6.00pm - 8.00pmThe ACI Welcome Reception and Registration including:Marquee and Foyer
PCNSW President's WelcomeProfessor Deb Parker
Mayor of Kiama Mark Honey welcome
Cocktails, Canapes and Croquet

Friday 9 November

StartEnd SessionRoom
7.00am7.45amPam Wilson - Tai Chi instructorTai Chi by Surf Beach (in Pavilion if inclement weather)
8.00am8.45am      Registrations open  Foyer
8.45am9.00am       Session Chair:
Linda Hansen
PCNSW Executive Officer’s Welcome, Linda HansenPlenary
9.00am9.20am       Welcome to Country - Three generations of Aboriginal women: Alira, Jannali and Rachael Morgan, and Pauline Deweerd (Director Indigenous Health, St Vincent's Health Network). Welcome in language and in English with short dancePlenary
9.20am 10.10am     Keynote Address 1
Professor Deb Parker, President, PCNSW: Navigating uncharted waters: Palliative care for older Australians in an era of Reform
10.10am10.40am  Morning Tea  Marquee and Foyer
10.40am11.50pm   Session Chair: Dr Greg BarclayKeynote Address 2
Dr Robert Twycross: Palliative Sedation: Past, Present and Future
11.50pm12.30pm   Keynote Address 3
Dr Michael Barbato: Dying: opening to the mystery
12.30pm1.30pm     Joan Ryan
Lunch and Poster judgingMarquee, Foyer and Downstairs for posters
1.30pm2.30pm      Afternoon workshop and concurrent sessionsVarious
Clinical Workshop
Chair: Kathleen Wurth
Palliative Care Assessment SOCRATES - Dr Zivai Nangati (Port Kembla)

Fatigue - Linda Foley (CNC)

Adjustment to palliative Care - Prof Liz Lobb
Football Club
Concurrent Session: Partnerships and Collaboration
chair: Kay Cope
Bridging the Gap - The End of Life Doula - Helen Callanan

`Gawbarrigam` - `Coming Together` - Jennifer Doust

Making Waves - the power of collaboration - Linda Brown and Kim Kelly
Downstairs Pavilion Saddleback and Surf
Concurrent Session:
complex decision making and care planning
Chair: Nilda Miranda
Medical and moral considerations regarding
complex medical decisions in older patients
with multimorbidity: a compact deliberation framework - Wilco Achterberg

PEACH Program – A Partnership creating ‘CHOICE’
and ‘OPPORTUNITY’ - Kim Jobburn

What do I need to know about you as a person to give you the best care possible? Implementing the Patient Dignity Question into a specialist palliative care service - Safrina Thristiawati
Norfolk Room
Concurrent Session:
Partnerships: Changing Role of Specialists
Chair: Greg Barclay
Increasing Access to Cancer Treatments and Palliative Care in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic
Review of Facilitators and Barriers to Implementation - Andrew Donkor

Rural Palliative Care Link Nurse Program - James Daley

End of Life and Palliative Care Framework - Liz Junck
Downstairs Pavilion Kendal Room
2.30pm3.00pm     Afternoon TeaMarquee and Foyer
3.00pm3.08pm       Transformation Vibrations
Ani Neradikova, vocalist and Angela Sciberras, Therapeutic Harpist

Demonstration of using voice frequencies that channel transformational vibrations that actually change the listener's state of being. This unique system can assist anyone in overcoming issues such as anger, depression, anxiety, abuse or trauma.Plenary
3.00pm4.00pm       Facilitated by Colleen Carter, NSW Ambulance

Panel: Cultural Q&A: If in doubt - just ask.

Panel includes:

Rosalind Sultan, Rev Miao You, Fiorina Mastroianni, Vi Green, Andrew Watts. Clinical representation from Dr Greg Barclay and Annie Fanning.
4.00pm5.00pm       Session Chair: Kay CopeKeynote Address 4
Dr Joanne Doran
Dying: It Ain't What it Used to Be
5.00pm    Day 1 ClosePlenary
6.30pm10.30pmHammondCare sponsored

Prizes for best dressed:

Dementia Centre Education Package
- Attendance at a 1 day Dementia Centre Symposium Event (2019)
- 1 hour Dementia Centre consultancy (mini service audit with verbal feedback)
Contact to redeem

Best dressed runner-up prize:
Dementia Centre Education Book Package
- Set of books from HammondCare including Lobster for Josino, My Home My Life and Palliative Care Handbook
Pre-dinner drinks and HammondCare Tapas of Champions gala dinner party with music provided by 'The Cassettes'. It's cocktail party time! If you're in the mood, come dressed in orange or purple or both! (Prizes for Best Dressed Orange Champion and Best Dressed Purple Champion)

Wander around the Pavilion and enjoy panoramic views of the South Coast while feasting on tapas, canapes, a bbq and an extravagant grazing table.

Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine on the balcony or catch up with friends at the bar

Test out those dancing shoes to the live band “The Cassettes”
Catering by the award winning Culinarius

Saturday 10 November

startend sessionroom
7.00am7.45amPam Wilson, Tai Chi InstructorTai Chi by Surf Beach (in Pavilion if inclement weather)
7.00am8.30am      Convenor - Kim Kelly
Clinical Breakfast: Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis presented by Dr Judith LaceyPavilion downstairs saddleback
8:00am8.50am      Registrations OpenFoyer
8.50am9.00am       Day 2 welcome: Dr Greg Barclay
Plenary - Norfolk room
9.00am9.45am       Session Chair: Dr Greg Barclay
Keynote Address 5
Dr Judith Lacey: Medicinal Cannabis in Supportive Cancer Care
9.45am10.30am     Keynote Address 6  Prof Kathy Eagar: Choices at End of Life: Palliative Care, Euthanasia and other End of Life decisionsPlenary
10.30am11.00am   Morning TeaMarquee and Foyer
11.00am12.30pm   Morning Workshops and Concurrent Sessions
Workshop: Waves of Creativity
Chair: Kathleen Wurth
Creativity during Life Changes and Transitions - Carl Milton, artist

Waves of Sound: Integrating ancient technologies with the new - Angela Sciberras

The heart is a lonely writer - Kathleen Wurth
Rugby Club
Concurrent Session: Clinical
Chair: Nilda Miranda
Fostering excellence through measuring the quality of palliative care in the hospital setting – a foundation to inform improvement efforts - Claudia Virdun

Like Teaching a Peacock to Swim: Integrating the PCOC
Assessment Tools Across Care Settings in a Rural Local Health District - Coral Marks

Riding the Wave of Anticipatory Care using patient outcome measures to drive pre-emptive care in the
community setting with Nurse Practitioners - Dawn Hooper

You don’t know if you don’t ask: A pilot study using patient reported outcomes in a specialist palliative care service - Liz Lobb
Pavilion - Norfolk Room (main auditorium)
Concurrent Session: Partnerships: Ageing
Chair: Annie Fanning
Changing the way we do business: the importance of early conversations in Residential Aged Care (RAC) - Rita Taylor

Innovative Models of Geriatric Palliative Care Nursing: Nurses Leading the Way - Josh Cohen

Building Capability, Confidence and Fostering Partnerships in Residential Aged Care to improve End of Life Care - Kelly Arthurs

The changing complexity of clinical care in residential aged care: A complex case study of end – stage liver disease management using
the palliative approach -Larissa B McIntyre
Pavilion downstairs Saddleback and Surf Beach Room
Concurrent Session:
Partnerships: Planning
Chair: Linda Hansen
Signing my life away, or making good choices. Patients’ and caregivers’ understandings of an advance care planning process: The example of ambulance palliative care plans - Christine Sanderson

NSW Ambulance Authorised Care Plans, do they facilitate care that is aligned with the
patient’s preference? -Colleen Carter

At end of life- is ED the place to be? - Mira Glaven

Developing novel partnerships to enable end-of-life care at home in a very remote community: a case study - Dr Sarah Wenham
Pavilion downstairs Kendall Room
12.30pm1.30pm     Joan RyanLunch and poster judgingMarquee, Foyer and Downstairs for posters
1.30pm2.30pm       Afternoon Workshops and Concurrent SessionsVarious
Workshop: Palliative Care in Aged CareUsing the ELDAC toolkit - Deb Parker

Palliative models of care in aged care - Josh Cohen
Rugby Club
Workshop: Non-pharmacological strategies for breathlessness: Allied Health is Awesome!
Chair: Kay Cope
Helen McMullen (OT Shoalhaven Pall Care)
Colleen Stahlhut (Physio, Shoalhaven Pall Care) and Pippa Blackburn (PCOC)
Pavilion downstairs Kendall Room
Concurrent Session:
Dying: the changing role of clinicians
Multidisciplinary palliative care teams:
The experience of caring for people with intellectual disability who are dying - Dr Michele Wiese

‘Waves of compassion’ Suffering of patients with Head and Neck Cancer - Joan Ryan

How prepared are we if assisted dying is legislated?
Lessons from the Canadian experience - Melissa Cumming
Pavilion Norfolk Room (main auditorium)
Concurrent Session:
Partnerships: Carers
Chair: Alex Huntir
Assessing carer stress in palliative care attitudes and
confidence of community nurses - Anne N Fanning

Caregiver experience – redefining cultural norms in care of the dying in the palliative care home setting - Caroline Short

Feasibility RCT of an ACT self-help program for carers of patients in palliative care - Esther Davis
Pavilion downstairs Saddleback and Surf Beach Room
2.30pm3.00pm       Afternoon TeaMarquee and Foyer
3.00pm3.35pm       Keynote Address 7
Dr Kim Caldwell: Or does it explode? The future of Palliative Care
3.30pm4.30pm       Chair: Dr Greg Barclay
Facilitator: Dr Roger Cole
Panel - What next for Palliative Care?
Dr Robert Twycross
Dr Kim Caldwell, Advanced Trainee Palliative Care
Teresa Gillies, Nurse Practitioner
Anna Fulford, Physiotherapist
Dr Dom Frawley, GP
Alex Huntir, Manager Community Engagement PCNSW
Kim Christio, Consumer and Carer
4.30pm4.45pm       Conference Close
Dr Greg Barclay
5.00pmlate             Post-conference cheese and wine. We'll supply the cheese - you can purchase your wine from a great range of local wines.The Sebel Harbourside,
31 Shoalhaven St,