Far West LHD co-hosting State NSW Palliative Care Conference in Broken Hill

NSW State Palliative Care Conference in Broken Hill

13-15 October 2016

Over 200 delegates will converge on Broken Hill on 13-15 October to attend the biennial NSW State Palliative Care Conference being hosted by Palliative Care NSW (the state’s peak body for palliative care) and the Far West Local Health District Palliative Care Services.

Delegates from NSW and interstate will meet under the conference theme ‘Transforming our Landscape’ where over two days the topic of quality palliative and end of life care will be addressed by a range of keynote and concurrent speakers from a range of disciplines and care settings.

Melissa Cumming, Director of Palliative Care in the Far West LHD and Co-Chair of the Conference, said: “The conference organisers have constructed an academic, clinical and social program that incorporates the arts, music, Aboriginal culture, and the unique outback landscape that will ensure delegates will take insightful learnings back to their workplace, whilst also enjoying their experience in Broken Hill”.

The conference will feature local keynote speakers including renowned international guest speaker Dr BJ Miller, Palliative Care Physician from San Francisco.

Dr Sarah Wenham, Palliative Care Physician Far West LHD and Conference Co-Chair said: “We are very excited to have Dr BJ Miller attend and in addition to speaking at the conference, BJ has kindly agreed to provide a separate education session to Broken Hill Hospital medical, nursing and allied health staff and students. This is an amazing opportunity for our staff and students to learn from an internationally acclaimed Palliative Care Specialist”.

A very special community engagement event has also been organised for non-delegates to the conference. A “Legacy Art in Palliative Care” workshop will be facilitated by Sydney artist Flutter Lyon. The workshop is aimed at local artists or people with an interest in using art as a ‘legacy’ in their care of people at the end of life.

The workshop is being held on Sunday, 16 October from 9am-11am. As spaces are limited, more information and registration can be obtained by contacting Melissa Cumming on 8080 1452 or melissa.cumming@health.nsw.gov.au before 3 October.

The conference organisers have appreciated the support of many state and local organisations and businesses.

“We hope that the influx of visitors to the city will promote Broken Hill as an amazing place to visit, live and work,” said Ms Cumming.

The conference will be held at the Musicians Club. You can go online to find out more about the conference at: http://www.pcnsw2016.com.au/


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