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NSW Palliative Care Volunteer Conference

  • by Kate Bowman
  • June 5, 2019

Day 1

Three workshops were held, with a strong focus on spirituality, mindfulness and self-care.

Michael Dash, who is the coordinator of the Sydney Local Health District Bereavement Counselling Service ran one of the workshops titled Mindfulness and Grief. This session saw participants focus on understanding, practicing and applying the skill of mindfulness in everyday life to benefit themselves and the people they support.

Dr Michael Barbato shared his expertise in a workshop titled Experiences around Dying. Covering experiences around dying – dreams, visions, symbolic language and unconsciousness around the moment of death. Michael’s extensive experience in research, clinical practice and pastoral care roles helped attendees to understand the variety of phenomena that may occur around dying and to highlight the ways in which they could better support people at end of life.

Kate Englebrecht held a workshop called Spirituality and Reflective Practice. In this workshop Kate discussed spirituality in the context of caring for people at or near the end of their lives and also explored the role of reflective practice for practitioners and how meaning is made or formed from our experiences of caring.

Photo: Kate Englebrecht in her workshop

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