Palliative Care NSW Volunteer Support Services Programme

Parkes Palliative Care Seminar 2020



Friday April 3, 2020

The Parkes Palliative Care Volunteer Service is again running their annual volunteer seminar. This year the theme is “The Cost of Caring” and asks you to consider “Where are you under the umbrella?”

The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the important work volunteers and health professionals do, and on how to maintain perspective in their work.

Being with clients on the End of Life Journey and aiming to provide social support means giving of ourselves. Self-reflection is required to continue to support and care.

The day will be interactive and engage volunteers and health professionals in practical activities that promote reflection and growth in their role.

We will explore the challenges that lead to compassion fatigue and how to move from this fatigue and vicarious trauma to strengthen and grow.

Volunteers and health professionals will have an opportunity to develop actions for a self-care plan and practise self-compassion. This will clarify where they stand under the Umbrella of Palliative Care and how to get the best support and shelter.

Tickets $50



Program of events

Thursday April 2 – 6:30 pm

The Parkes Volunteers also invite you to attend a gathering the evening before the seminar at Comfort Inn Bushmans (at your own expense).

Friday April 3 – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Facilitated by Beate Steller and Lita Mathews

8:30 – Registration and tea/coffee.
9:00 – Welcome and introduction.
9:10 – Welcome to Country.
9:15 – Let’s STOP and recognise where we are at in terms of our well-being and stress levels. We will examine our story of being with grief and death, and determine how comfortable we are with our own choices when talking about death.
10:30 – Morning Tea
10:55 – What is your ‘cost of caring’? How can we manage this level of cost?
12:00 – How to manage vicarious trauma and bereavement to focus on self care.
12:50 – Lunch
1:30 – Sharing stories of bouncing back.
2:00 – Self-compassion and its benefit to our clients and others.
2:30 – Standing Under the Umbrella – Closing ritual – commitment to self-care.
3:00 – Seminar concludes.

About the facilitators

Beate Steller has a background and post graduate qualifications in Social Work, Adult Education, Nursing and Spiritual Care. She
has worked for over 35 years as a Social Worker, Counsellor and Spiritual Well-being Coordinator, and has been the Principal Consultant of her Training Development Consultancy for over 20 years. She has specialised in End of Life related care and aged care and is passionate about making this part of the life cycle as dignified as possible. Beate is the author of “Tech Connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care”. Her Masters research in Ageing and Pastoral Studies was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance to Spiritual Growth and Well-being.

Lita Mathews trained as a Social Worker in South Africa and has completed a Master’s degree in Social Science. She has been working in Disability Services for most of her career in South Africa and Australia, and has also worked as a part-time teacher at TAFE, training disability support workers and other community service students. Lita joined the Palliative Care & Oncology teams at Orange Health Service in 2016 and loves to work in a multi-disciplinary team, supporting clients and their families.