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Forum – Reimagining Advance Care Planning in Community

Held during National Advance Care Planning Week, this forum provides opportunity to hear from ACP innovators from around Australia and discover some exciting initiatives happening here in WA. You will also be able to participate in a strategic planning activity and help shape ACP here in WA into the future.

Community focus

The focus of this forum is to enable increased engagement in Advance Care Planning within the community. Whether people are well and still living in their home, experiencing decline in aged care, or have a diagnosed chronic disease or life-limiting illness, we know that engaging in Advance Care Planning is an empowering process for them. It also relieves the burden and stress of decision-making from those around them.

Our challenge is how to engage members of the community in Advance Care Planning.


Associate Professor Charlie Corke

The regional Clinical Lead for the ACP program for South West Victorian Health, Charlie is a strong advocate of patient centred care.  He is the originator of the MyValues approach to Advance Care Planning, and the author of Letting Go, written to empower people to take more control of their final stage of life.

Dr Merran Cooper

Merran is a palliative care specialist, and founder of Touchstone Life Care, a technology company that brings Advance Care Planning into the 20th century. She is passionate about fostering compassion and better communication throughout our medical system.

Jeremy McKnight

As the General Manager of Shannon’s Bridge, a volunteer run charity in Melbourne, Jeremy has a personal story to share on how it was established. Shannon’s Bridge connects patients and families with supports and services when dealing with end of life issues. They also educate the community on Advance Care Planning.

Vicki Barry

Vicki is the Co-founder and Director of Your Departure Lounge. With a passion to ensure that we all get the best death possible, Vicki co-founded Your Departure Lounge to empower, motivate and support people to plan and prepare for their final journey. This for-purpose charity aims to develop and scale a peer-led, social impact model for end of life planning in the community.

Chris Jeffery

Chris is a Senior Policy Officer with COTA WA and a member of the Advance Care Planning Consortium, a forum for individuals and agencies to share strategies and encourage uptake of ACP in WA.

Sabena Lund

The Community Education Officer at Palliative Care WA, Sabena develops and delivers a range of community education activities. These include our highly successful ACP workshops that have been delivered in partnership with community groups from Geraldton to Esperance and all points in between.

The forum program can be downloaded HERE.

Who should attend?

We are very keen to have carers, health consumers and other community members participate in this forum. It is open to those from the health, aged and community services sectors, as well as the community. Both members and non-members of PCWA are welcome.


  • $35 for sector professionals.
  • $15 for students, volunteers and members of the community.
  • FREE for Individual members of Palliative Care WA.

Registration Information

You can register to attend in person or online via Zoom. If you attending on Zoom, we recommend you download our tips for Zoom partipants HERE. Registrations are essential and can be made at eventbrite on the link below.



This forum has been organised in collaboration with Your Departure Lounge.



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