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2022 National Palliative Care Week Breakfast – Perth and Bunbury

  • Tuesday 24 May 2022
  • 7:00 to 9:00am 
  • University Club at the University of WA, Crawley
  • The Quality Hotel Lighthouse, Bunbury

You are invited to join us for Breakfast in Perth or Bunbury to network with colleagues, celebrate National Palliative Care Week and hear from two excellent speakers.

For the first time we are pleased to be able to provide our signature PCWA Breakfast as a satellite event, simultaneously available to those located in the Perth metropolitan area as well as the South West Region. Our guest speakers will make their presentations at the Perth event at The University Club while being live-streamed to the Bunbury event at the Quality Hotel Lighthouse.

We would like to acknowledge Jan Stiberc and Kerry Howell from WA Country Health Service South West Regional Palliative and Aged Care Team, who brought the idea for a satellite event to us and who are helping to promote it throughout the South West Region.

NOTE ADDED on 17 May – Most unfortunately, Professor Charlie Corke is unable to fly to Perth due to a back injury. We can confirm that he is still making his presentation which will be on a screen in both venues.

Our guest speakers

Professor Charlie Corke

Professor Charlie CorkeCharlie has had a long career as an Intensive Care Specialist and is past President of the College of Intensive Care of Australia and New Zealand. He is the regional clinical lead for the Advance Care Planning program for the South West Victorian Health Region, and also deputy chair of the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.

A strong advocate of patient centred care Charlie is the originator of the MyValues approach to advance care planning. The MyValues website provides a set of freely available and specially constructed statements designed to help anyone to identify, consider and communicate their wishes about the medical treatment they want in the later stages of life.

With a particular interest in medical communication and end-of-life decision-making Charlie is a passionate teacher of communication skills. He is author of Letting Go (Scribe, Melbourne) which is written to empower people to take more control of their final stage of life.

Charlie will be speaking on “Communication skills in Palliative Care – little changes, big effect”.

Irene Montefiore

Albany Death Cafe organiser Irene Montefiore . Picture: Jessica Cuthbert

Once upon a time you couldn’t get Irene to talk about death – she was way too superstitious to tempt fate like that. These days, in her words, it’s a challenge getting her to stop!

A career in regional radio broadcasting and training, combined with an interest in health literacy and advocacy, and having to deal with the death of some special people in her life, lead to Irene’s passion for death literacy and her involvement with Death Café, Advance Care Planning, and Compassionate Communities. While firmly stating that she is not an expert in these matters, Irene spends a lot of time encouraging others in the community to be more open about death, and to look at better ways of planning for and dealing with the end of life.

Irene will be speaking on “Drawing back the curtain – a compassionate community approach to end of life”.

Who should attend?

We would be pleased to welcome anyone across the health, palliative care, aged care and community service sectors.

Ticketing and registration

  • $45 for Individual Members of Palliative Care WA
  • $60 for general admission (non-members)
  • $45 for concession card holders
  • Each of the ticket options are available for both the Perth and Bunbury events (please take care to register for the location of your choice)
  • Ticket prices are inclusive of GST and Eventbrite booking fees
  • Contact us directly on or 1300 551 704 if you would like to book one or more tables of 10 people at either location.

Individual or small group registrations must be made on Eventbrite at:

Parking Information

  • Please note you will need to pay for parking at UWA. Carpark 3 via Hackett Entry 1 is the closest to the University Club. You can download the UWA Parking Map HERE.
  • Parking is free at the Quality Hotel Lighthouse. You can download the Hotel map HERE.


The health and wellbeing of our members, stakeholders, staff and the wider community remain a priority for Palliative Care WA, and we are committed to the WA Government’s policies and public health directives.

It is vitally important that we ensure the palliative care, aged care and community care workforce is protected as much as possible. Given the high number of new daily cases of COVID-19 currently being reported and taking on board the advice of the WA Palliative Medicine Specialist Group, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all participants at this event wear a mask when not eating or drinking.

Our staff will be wearing masks, and we will have some on hand for those who require one.

Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell or have developed any cold or flu-like symptoms.

The venues for this event, The University Club and The Quality Hotel Lighthouse fall under the WA Government’s directives for licenced hospitality venues.  Currently visitors must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or appropriate medical exemption, along with identification (where applicable).


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of these events.


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