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2020 Palliative Care Summit







Palliative Care WA is currently organising 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 in relation to quality palliative caring;
  • Recognising the critical role of carers and community, including the compassionate community approach, in the delivery of quality palliative caring.


We are committed to make Joining the Dots as inclusive as possible. We would like you to be involved, no matter where in WA you are located or what your circumstances may be. We are therefore offering two registration options – 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.

If you register for the in person attendance option you will be prompted to provide us with information on any accessibility requirements you may have. You can find accessibility information on Optus Stadium here. Alternatively you are welcome to call 1300 551 704 to discuss your requirements with us.

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The full program for Joining the Dots will be available very soon and you are encouraged to check back on this webpage for new developments.

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

  • 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 in the School of Psychology and Public Health at 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.

Emerging Innovations EOI

The summit will include a section dedicated to sharing a diverse range of emerging innovations related to palliative care from around WA.  We are seeking expressions of interest from community organisations; health and aged care providers; and carers, consumer and volunteer groups interested in presenting their emerging innovation in a maximum 10 minute time slot.  We are looking for EOIs on clinical and non-clinical emerging innovations from right across the State.  You can find out more about making an expression of interest here.




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