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2020 Palliative Care Summit







Palliative Care WA is proudly managing the 2020 Palliative Care Summit. The theme is Joining the Dots – Pathways, Challenges and Emerging Innovations in Palliative Care in WA.

Joining the Dots will bring together palliative care, aged care and community service professionals, researchers, volunteers, policy makers, students, carers and community members.  Summit outcomes include the following:

  • Sharing evidence and experience from varied sources to inform quality palliative caring in WA,
  • Promoting WA examples of innovation and best practice in the delivery of quality palliative caring,
  • Providing an update on the palliative and aged care landscapes with reference to significant Federal and State Government processes and community initiatives,
  • Sharing both the opportunities and challenges resulting from COVID-19, and
  • Recognising the critical role of carers, families and community, including the compassionate community approach, in the delivery of quality palliative care.


As a part of our commitment to make Joining the Dots as inclusive as possible two registration options have been provided – in person and online via Zoom. If it is possible for you to attend in person we do encourage you to. As well as enjoying the beautiful view of the city from the function room at Optus Stadium and the excellent lunch we have planned, you will have the opportunity to meet, network with, and learn from, a diverse range of palliative care stakeholders from across the State.  Thanks to funding from WA Health, Joining the Dots is FREE to attend.


We encourage you to join the waitlist on Eventbrite at

Parking and accessibility

Please note that trains do not stop at the stadium station on weekdays. Click here to download a map showing car access to the stadium and the location of free public parking. Once you park, head towards Gate D and look out for stadium staff who will guide you into the venue.

If you have already registered for the in-person attendance option you will have already provided us with information on any accessibility requirements you may have. You can find general accessibility information on Optus Stadium here. Alternatively you are welcome to call 1300 551 704 to discuss your requirements with us.


The Joining the Dots program will be delivered in 3 sections as follows:

  • Section 1  The Palliative Care Landscape in WA – Setting the scene with recent developments and future opportunities.
  • Section 2  Palliative Care is Everyone’s Business – Facilitating early entry to palliative care and ensuring seamless transitions.
  • Section 3  Going From Strength to Strength – Recognising challenges & applauding emerging innovations.

The format will include guest speakers, a panel discussion, interactive brainstorming sessions and a series of small snapshot presentations of emerging clinical and non-clinical innovations in palliative care around WA.

We are pleased to announce the summit will be formally opened by the Hon. Roger Cook, Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health.  In addition the following speakers have agreed to participate:

  • Dr Christian Ntizimira, City Manager for the City Cancer Challenge Foundation and past Executive Secretary of the Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organisation
  • Professor Susan Kurrle, Clinical Network Director for Rehabilitation and Aged Care in Sydney and medical advisor to the ABC documentary series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds
  • Professor Samar Aoun, Professor of Palliative Care Research at the Perron Institute and La Trobe University and Chair of the South West Compassionate Communities Network
  • Sarah CowieDirector of the Health and Disabilities Services Complaints Office
  • Dr Alison Parr, Director of Medical Services for St John of God Murdoch Hospital and Palliative Care Clinical Lead at WACPCN.

Joining the Dots will be MCed by Di Darmody.

DOWNLOAD the Joining the Dots Program here 





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