FWLHD Specialist Palliative Care Team featured in special photo exhibition

MELIORITES: MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

 A photographic exhibition of the Broken Hill Specialist Palliative Care Team  by Robin Sellick

To be launched at the NSW State Palliative Care Conference in Broken Hill

To be exhibited in the Hospital Foyer, Broken Hill Health Service from Monday 17 October 2016 onwards

A unique photographic exhibition featuring the Broken Hill Specialist Palliative Care Team and which explores the balance between life and death will be launched tonight at the Regional Art Gallery.

The exhibition ‘Melorites’ is a photographic study of the Palliative Care Team and was commissioned to coincide with the NSW State Palliative Care Conference being held in Broken Hill this week (13-15 October). It features the work of locally-born and internationally-renown celebrity portrait photographer, Robin Sellick.

The state conference is being hosted by Palliative Care NSW (the state’s peak body for Palliative Care) in partnership with Far West Local Health District Palliative Care Services. Over 200 delegates from both within NSW and interstate are expected to attend the conference being held at the Musicians Club.

The works by Robin Sellick will be revealed tonight at the conference welcoming reception in the Regional Art Gallery. It will then be displayed at the conference and in the Broken Hill Health Service from Monday onwards.

The artist explained that in this unique series Melorites, he has explored the balance between life and death.

He said: “The beauty of these extraordinary people, who spend their days caring for the dying of their community, is captured among the ruins, relics and remnants left behind over many years by the people of the outback mining town that they serve.

“This stark contrast reflects the ability of these remarkable professionals to weightlessly see the beauty in and the way through a landscape that most people perceive as desolate and overwhelming.

“The first great challenge of this commission was to overcome my own preconceptions and fears around the subject of dying and then go on a sweeping learning curve as I met and photographed each of these wonderful people.

Rather than anything sad or dark, what I found in all of them was a great passion for life and a desire to see everyone they come into contact with have the best possible quality of life available to them – whether it be for many years or merely their final days,” said Mr Sellick.

Dr Sarah Wenham, the Far West LHDs Specialist Palliative Care Physician and Co-Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee said” “As well as seeking to showcase the unique creative talents of our local artists with delegates attending the conference, this exhibition gives us an opportunity to increase community awareness of palliative care.

“We hope that it will encourage wider conversation that will begin to break down some of the taboos that remain within our society when it comes to death and dying, and lead to a greater understanding that palliative care is about giving people hope, value and meaning in life whilst adjusting to living with a life-limiting illness,” said Dr Wenham.

 

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