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31st October 2019

Palliative Care WA team member Vicki Barry recently participated in the 6th Public Health Palliative Care International Conference Compassionate Communities in Action: Reclaiming Ageing, Dying and Grieving, which was held in the Blue Mountains in NSW.

According to Vicki what set this conference apart from any other was the richness in social and cultural diversity of the program, enhanced by its ‘artification’ thanks to the efforts of Dr Peta Murray and Niki Read.  People came from Canada, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Holland, England, India, Taipei, New Zealand and across Australia.

One of the many highlights was the two-part art installation designed and delivered by Dr Peta Murray called The Vigil and The Wake.

Vicki co-presented a session with Barbara Binns from the Australian Centre for Social Innovation on our partnership to implement the Weavers model of peer support for carers at the Albany Community Hospice launched in February this year.

For more information on their presentation and the conference you can download the comprehensive PHPCI Conference report communique .