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 Palliative Care WA Annual General Meeting 2017

Members and friends of Palliative Care WA are invited to attend the Association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Palliative Care WA Annual General Meeting

Time:               4.45pm – 5.15pm

Date:              Tuesday 5th December 2017

Venue:            CCWA Seminar Room, 15 Bedbrook Place, Shenton Park, 6008

Please RSVP:   by 4th December 2017 to

The AGM will take place immediately after the Pathways to Palliative Care – PCWA Quarterly Members’ Forum from 2.30pm-4.30pm.  If you would like to attend you can book via Eventbrite

There will also be an End of Year Sundowner following the AGM.

Agenda PCWA AGM 2017

PCWA AGM 2017 Nomination and Proxy Form

Notice of Amendment to the PCWA Constitution November 2017

Information about the Election of the Palliative Care WA Executive Committee for 2017-18

The Palliative Care WA Executive Committee for 2018 will be elected at the AGM.  For more information about joining the Committee please click  here

If you would like to nominate for election to the Executive Committee you need:

Please contact Elissa Campbell, Vice-President via PCWA – – if you have any questions about becoming a PCWA Executive Committee member.


Pathways to Palliative Care – Quarterly Members’ forum

From the number of calls Palliative Care WA receive, it is clear that the sector and community alike have difficulty navigating the system; who to call and where to go for help when someone is needing access to palliative care.  This forum will bring together a panel of agencies that provide information and support services for palliative care inquiries.

Carol Douglas, Aged Care Nurse Practitioner, Residential Care Line Outreach Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, will lead the forum with a presentation that highlights the outcomes for an older person, with declining health living in a residential aged care setting, particularly in the absence of a ‘clinical treatment plan’.

Dr Elissa Campbell, Geriatrician and Palliative Physician, will put a number of case scenarios to the panel for their advice to map and direct the best pathway to ensure timely access to quality palliative care treatment aligned with patient goals and needs.  Also, attendees will have an opportunity to put forward their own scenarios.

Date:     Tuesday, 5 December, 2017

Time:     2.30 – 4.30pm

Venue:   Cancer Council WA Seminar Room, Milroy Lodge,   15 Bedbrook Place, Shenton Park

Cost:      PCWA members free, non-members $40*

*November Membership Special – Join or renew membership of PCWA for half price until 30th November.  Discounted joining fees are  Individual – $40 Concession – $25

RSVP:     4 December 2017

Parking: Free, onsite at upper rear carpark

Please register via Eventbrite:

Panel Members:

Carol Douglas, Residential Care Line Outreach Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Silver Chain – panel member to be advised

WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network  – panel member to be advised

Ed Gaudoin, Clinical Nurse Manager, Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service, Bethesda Health Care

WAPHA – panel member to be advised

Dr Scott Blackwell, GP and Palliative Care Practitioner, Collaborative Primary Health Care WA


Compassionate Communities Symposiums in WA November 2 & 3 2017

Thanks to all who attended the Compassionate Communities Symposiums in WA.

The presentations are now available.  Please click on the links below to view.

Kerrie Noonan – Developing Compassionate Communities

Christine Young – Progressing Age-Friendly Communities in WA

Jan Bruce – Victorian Councils: Supporting Communities around End of Life Project  

Andrea Grindrod – The Healthy End of Life Program (HELP); offering, asking for and accepting help.

Healthy End of Life Program (HELP) 2017

Barbara Binns – Weavers: Creating a Community of Carers in South Australia








Each year, about 15,000 people die in Western Australia. It is estimated that this number will almost double in the next 25 years, placing increasing demand on the provision of end of life care. Public health approaches to palliative care are based on the recognition that dying, death and bereavement are inevitable parts of the human experience and are not primarily medical events in isolation.

The Compassionate Community approach recognises that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility. This approach not only applies to palliative care, but also ageing and all those living with a disability or a life-limiting condition.

The Compassionate Communities Symposiums aim to provide a shared understanding of the concept and key principles of Compassionate Communities for service providers, clinicians, practitioners, social workers, researchers, community development officers and educators across health, aged care, disability, government and community sector organisations.

Importantly, we encourage carers, consumers, volunteers and other community members to participate.


Compassionate Communities Symposium Metro: MELVILLE   Click here for Melville Program and Presenter details

Compassionate Communities Symposium Regional: BUNBURY    Click here for Bunbury Program and Presenter details


Developing Compassionate Communities in Western Australia was brought to WA by Palliative Care WA and supported by the City of Bunbury and the City of Melville

Dying to Know Day 8 August 2017

  • 75% of us have not had end of life discussions
  • 60% think we don’t talk about death enough
  • Over 80% of us die in hospital or residential care though most of us would prefer to die at home
  • Very few of us die with an advance care plan (less than 10 percent)
  • The number of Australians aged 65 and over will double by 2050 increasing our need to plan while well and share our wishes with our loved ones

Dying to Know Day is in its fifth year as an annual national event with well over 350 events registered do far.  The events seek to activate conversations and curiosity, build death literacy and help grow the capacity of individuals and community groups to take action toward end of life planning.

Palliative Care WA, the peak organisation for the sector, has coordinated a series of community events in collaboration with the regional palliative care teams, local community champions and Film Harvest.

Dying To Talk, 8 August 2017 (Albany, Donnybrook, Geraldton, Perth)

Using the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter Toolkit, participants will be guided through a process to help them prepare for end of life planning and make informed care choices consistent with their values.

A Time To Live 9 August 2017 (Orana Cinemas Albany, Busselton, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie)

This is the premier screening of the BBC documentary in Australia.  The film is about 12 people of varying ages who manage to find positives in their terminal prognosis and discover what really matters in life.

Key Contacts:

Albany: Irene Montefiore, 0428 991 653                    Busselton: Lisa Knight, 0437156110

Donnybrook: Julieanne Hilbers, 0408 060 266          Geraldton: Robyn Ellis, 9956 2497

Kalgoorlie: Lyn Robinson, 9080 5293                         Perth: Vicki Barry, 0409 045 373

For more information and details see below.






National Palliative Care Week 2017 21-28 May 2017

 Annual Palliative Care WA Breakfast 2017

Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 7am – 9am

UWA Club, Hackett Drive Crawley