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National Palliative Care Week Breakfast

We pleased that our popular sector breakfast for National Palliative Care Week is returning in 2021!

A key annual event on the PCWA calendar, the breakfast provides a significant opportunity for all of us who work in and around palliative care to come together as a sector during National Palliative Care Week.  We would love for you to join us this year at The University Club at UWA.

Our guest speaker

The speaker for this year’s breakfast is Dr Peter Saul. An intensive care specialist, Dr Saul has over 40 years clinical experience communicating with patients and their families about end-of-life issues in acute care settings in four countries.

With a strong interest in medical ethics and medical communication Dr Saul was a founder of the Clinical Unit in Ethics and Health Law at the University of Newcastle and has been Head of Discipline for Medical Ethics and Chair of the Hunter Area Clinical Ethics Committee for many years. He is the medical lead for the MyNetCare project, a web-based patient-controlled end of life handover tool and recently has been involved in a nurse facilitated study which encourages patients recently discharged from an acute geriatric unit to actively embrace ACP.

Dr Saul is currently Chair of the advisory committee for the Australian End-of-Life Law for Clinicians program and is a member of the NSW Health Roadmap to Realistic Care for Older People working group.

His TED talk Let’s talk about dying has been viewed over one million times. If you are one of the few who haven’t seen it yet, or want to refresh your memory, please click HERE.

Dr Saul will be speaking on Old? Frail? Dying? – making the choice to palliate in the frail elderly.

“I have had a longstanding interest in frailty, a unique condition in that it is a phenotype rather than a syndrome that has no definitive diagnostic test. Surprisingly, researchers are quite consistent with each other in identifying it, so it’s undoubtedly real. It also has a dramatic effect on outcome from surgery and critical illness. We clearly have to treat frail people differently. But how we do this in practice? In an era of shared decision making there are many challenges, both ethical and medical. My feeling is that the biggest challenge facing Palliative Care in the future is not so much how to palliate but whom, and when.”

Who should attend?

The breakfast is open to anyone across the health, palliative care, aged care and community service sectors. We would be pleased to welcome both non-members and Individual Members of PCWA.

Ticketing information

  • $45 for Individual Members of Palliative Care WA
  • $60 for non-members
  • $45 for concession card holders
  • Ticket prices are inclusive of GST and Eventbrite booking fees
  • If you are purchasing tickets on behalf of others please make sure to supply the name and email address for each attendee during the registration process. This will ensure everyone receives relevant emails in the lead up to the event, and that we are compliant with COVID requirements.
  • Tables will seat 10 people. If you wish to reserve one or more tables, please contact us on


Registrations are essential and can be made on Eventbrite at:

Event sponsors

We would like to thank the following valued sponsors of this event.

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