The Cost of Caring – Parkes Event

  • by Kate Bowman
  • April 11, 2023

The Parkes Palliative Care Volunteer Service and Palliative Care NSW would like to welcome participants to join with them under the Umbrella of Palliative Care.

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 practice self-compassion. This will clarify where they stand under the Umbrella of Palliative Care and how to get the best support and shelter.

  • Comfort Inn Bushmans, 9-13 Peak Hill Rd, Parkes

  • May 2, 2023

  • 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


8:30am Registration and tea/coffee.
9:00am Welcome and introduction.
Welcome to Country.
9:15am Carly Fisher
Finding our flow: How unlocking our unique strengths can propel us forward with energy and optimism.
10:30am Morning Tea
10:55am Beaté Steller
What is your ‘cost of caring’? How can we manage this level of cost? 

How to manage vicarious trauma and bereavement to focus on self-care.

1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Beaté Steller
Sharing stories of bouncing back. 

Self-compassion and its benefit to our clients and others.

Standing Under the Umbrella – Closing ritual – commitment to self-care.

4:00pm Seminar concludes



Beaté Steller has a background in, along with graduate 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 Wellbeing 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. Beaté is the author of Tech Connect-Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. Her master’s research in Ageing and Pastoral Studies was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance to Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing.

Carly Fisher is Registered Psychologist and Business Consultant with 20 years’ experience in therapy, organisational consulting, and high-performance coaching with organisations such as Defence, Foreign Affairs and Health, as well as individuals. Carly has a master’s degree in business and was trained out of Weber State University in the US in Critical Incident Trauma Debriefing. Having worked with thousands of frontline and first responders in resilience, trauma and scientific psychological intervention, Carly is most passionate about rural health, strategy and the science and mostly, driving positive outcomes in our work and our lives by showing up as our best, most authentic self when it matters most.


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