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2022 Palliative Care Summit – Doing Death Differently

Palliative Care WA is proudly managing the 2022 Palliative Care Summit with the theme of Doing Death DifferentlyConsumers, carers, clinicians and community working together.

This biennial event on Thursday 24 November at Optus Stadium will bring together palliative care, aged care and community service professionals, researchers, volunteers, policy makers, students, carers and community members to discuss future priorities for quality palliative care in WA.

The objectives of the summit are to:

  • Provide an opportunity for clinicians, service providers and the community to interact with political and service leaders to discuss future priorities for quality palliative care in WA.
  • Present international, national, and local evidence and experience to inform the delivery of quality palliative care in WA.
  • Embed the voice of lived experience.
  • Champion the role of carers, families, aged care providers and community, including the compassionate community approach, in the delivery of quality palliative care in WA.
  • Present emerging new ideas and service innovation within the palliative care sector.
  • Provide an opportunity for attendees to be actively engaged in personal reflections and conversations about dying, death, grief, and loss.


The summit will be formally opened by the Hon Amber Jade Sanderson, Minister for Health; Mental Health, and will include significant contributions from:

  • Dr David Russell-Weisz, Director General, WA Department of Health
  • Associate Professor Hsien Seow, Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation at McMaster University and Director of the ICES-McMaster site
  • Jeremy McKnight and Dr Claire Hepper from Shannon’s Bridge, a charity organisation that works at connecting patients and families with services to help with home-based care at end of life
  • Professor, Charlie Corke, Intensive Care Specialist and regional clinical lead for the Advance Care Planning program for the South West Victorian Health region.

The full program for Doing Death Differently will be available very soon and will be added to this page.

Di Darmody will be our MC for the event.

Registration and attendance options

We are committed to making Doing Death Differently as inclusive as possible no matter where in WA you are located or what your circumstances may be. We are therefore offering two attendance options/types of tickets – in person and online via Zoom.

For this year’s summit, participants attending in person have a choice to attend the:

  1. Breakfast session ONLY 7.00am to 8.45am (including a plated breakfast), or
  2. Day sessions ONLY 9.00am to 3.15pm (including morning tea and lunch), or
  3. Breakfast AND Day sessions combined 7.00am to 3.15pm (including all meals).

To assist with catering, please select only ONE of the above options when registering.


Thanks to funding from WA Health’s End-of-life Care Program, Doing Death Differently is FREE to attend.

We also acknowledge sponsorship from Richard Lockwood and thank him for his generous ongoing support of Palliative Care WA.

Expressions of Interest – Emerging new ideas and service innovation

The summit will include a section dedicated to sharing a range of emerging innovations and project updates related to palliative care around WA.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from consumers, carers, clinicians, aged care and community organisations who are interested in presenting their emerging innovation, clinical and non-clinical, in a maximum of 10 minutes each. To learn more visit HERE.

Accessibility and dietary requirements

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

Parking and transport

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.

Host and sponsors

Doing Death Differently is organised by Palliative Care WA and funded by WA Health. In addition to sponsorship from Richard Lockwood, the summit is also kindly supported by a number of other sponsors who will be announced shortly


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