Palliative Care Tasmania is delighted to announce the below Keynote & Invited Speakers joining us at 2024 Compassionate Tasmania.

Date: Thursday 13 June 2024

Time: 9am – 4.00pm Symposium | Networking 4.00pm-5.30pm

Location: Blundstone Arena, Hobart

Professor Allan Kellehear, Professor, Health & Social, Northumbria University
Allan Kellehear is Professor in Health & Social Care at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. He is also an honorary professor in theology and religion at Durham University in the UK, and in family medicine at the McMaster University Medical School in Canada. Allan has worked as a professor in Australia, Japan, England, and the USA, and is founder, and one of the leading advocates of the international public health movement in palliative care, also known as the ‘compassionate community’ or ‘health promoting palliative care’ approach.  He is co-editor (with Julian Abel) of the Oxford Textbook of Public Health Palliative Care (2022) and a contributing author of the Lancet Commission Report (2022) on The Value of Death: Bringing death back to life. A medical and public health sociologist by background, he is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

Kerrie Noonan, Director, Death Literacy Institute

Presentation Title: Death Literacy and Compassionate Communities: What is the evidence and how can we use it to support our work in communities

Bio: Kerrie Noonan is the Director of the Death Literacy Institute. She is a clinical psychologist and social researcher. As a member of the Caring at End of Life Research team at Western Sydney University, worked on the Death Literacy Index and Compassionate Communities projects. This pioneering research team has investigated the role of family, friends and neighbours play when someone is dying at home and coined the term ‘death literacy’ and the now development of the Death Literacy Index. Kerrie has a long-standing interest in community capacity building approaches to death, dying and bereavement, palliative care and how people can build their death literacy.

She holds several appointments, including an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Public Health Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Psychology at Western Sydney University. She is currently Director of Research at Western NSW Local Health District. She was the cofounder and executive director of The GroundSwell Project and national initiatives Dying to Know Day, FilmLife Project and ComComHub. She is active in the Compassionate Communities movement internationally and is Vice President of Public Health Palliative Care International.

Dr Andrea Grindrod, Director | Public Health Palliative Care | School of Psychology & Public Health | La Trobe University | Melbourne | Australia

Presentation Title: Healthy End of Life Program (HELP) App forming communities in Tasmania

Dr Andrea Grindrod is the Director of La Trobe University’s Public Health Palliative Care Program. As a policy entrepreneur, she introduced the concept of the Palliative Care Social Prescribing Service Model and Network-Centred End-of-life Care Approach into National Palliative Care Policy and Standards, and translates these initiatives into practice, driving transformative change at national, state, regional, and local levels. She leads a national research and industry engagement program aimed at building whole-of-society participation in palliative and end-of-life care and is generating Australia’s first community-based end-of-life care dataset. Andrea’s interests lie in designing innovative projects that bridge the knowledge gap between practice and research, uniquely positioning her as an intersectoral knowledge broker to shape systems, policy and practice changes.

Dr Lisa Herbert, Author of The Bottom Drawer Book

Presentation Title: The After Death Action Plan

Lisa Herbert is an author, journalist and audio producer, cemetery wanderer, death awareness advocate, blogger and public speaker. A media professional for more than 20 years, Lisa has worked as radio broadcaster, a TV reporter and producer.

Her interest in western society’s perception of death and dying was sparked as a teen after reading the books of renowned psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. The works, inspired by Dr Kübler-Ross’ work with terminally ill patients, were groundbreaking at the time. Never before had the emotional needs of the dying been given attention by the medical profession.

It’s now more than 50 years on and many people are still reluctant to talk about the inevitable. However, while researching The Bottom Drawer Book, Lisa found that once the discussion began people opened up and gave their mortality some measured thought. All they needed was someone to initiate the discussion. And that’s where The Bottom Drawer Book comes in, openly and respectfully starting the conversation.

Dr Greg Parker, Director, Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative

Greg is Director of the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative, Co-Director of Statewide Office of Advance Care Planning and Queensland-wide PallConsult service, and Deputy-Director of the Metro South Palliative Care Service, Metro South Health. He is involved in all aspects of palliative care practice, education, research and service development.

Greg is committed to effective, comprehensive and equitable palliative care service delivery focussed on whole person care.  He is also involved in the service’s research and best practice service development arm, the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative.

Greg is a senior lecturer with Griffith University and the University of Queensland and an advanced training supervisor with the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

Jess Sanders, Palliative Care Tasmania

Jess is a social worker, educator, and best-selling, award-winning author based in Hobart, Australia. She is passionate about

providing communities and young people with the knowledge and tools to support their physical and mental well-being. Jess works at Palliative Care Tasmania and runs ‘Learning Through Loss’, a grief literacy program for professionals working with young people.

Presentation title: Learning Through Loss: supporting young people through grief and loss

Symposium Facilitator: Jane Longhurst, Broadcaster & Actor

Jane is an award-winning actor, broadcaster, voice artist and popular presenter of events big and small. She has worked extensively in theatre, television and radio since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her television credits include Bay of Fires, Deadloch, Rosehaven, Death or Liberty, and Blue Heelers.

Jane is well known and loved from her regular fill in roles presenting for ABC Local Radio across Tasmania for the past 13 years. In that time she has presented all the programs on the local radio schedule, plus ABC Rural, ABC Classic and ABC Grandstand. In 2020 she presented the Sunday Morning program for ABC Local Radio. She is also a regular presenter with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for major concerts and touring throughout Tasmanian schools.

Jane has been the Master of Ceremonies for events including Teaching Matters for Catholic Education Tasmania and Catholic Education Canberra-Goulburn, Palliative Care Symposium, the inaugural Youth Symposium presented by the Youth Network of Tasmania, and the 2024 International Women’s Day fundraising breakfast for Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation with special guest Christine Finnegan, CEO of Tasmania JackJumpers.

We are also delighted to have the following Speakers join us:

  • Laura Cini, Mental Health Council of Tasmania
  • Stephanie Kirkman Meikle, Hospice Volunteers South Tas Inc
  • Rebecca Lyons, Solace End of Life Services
  • Nick Prokopiec, Searson Buck
  • Jacob Roberts, Department of Health Tasmania and Chris Sierzant, Tasmanian Council of Social Service
  • Dr Ella Van Tienen, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia