Public lecture: Coping with mortality

Sydney 17 Jul 2019

Title: ‘Coping with Mortality’
Speaker: Prof David Kissane

Thank you for your registration for the Coping with Mortality public lecture.  We look forward to seeing you on the night.

David W. Kissane, MD is an academic psychiatrist and researcher in the fields of psycho-oncology and palliative care. He currently holds the Chair of Palliative Care Research with the University of Notre Dame Australia and the Cunningham Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He is currently Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Monash University, and previously, he was Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and Foundation Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Kissane’s academic interests include studies of existential distress, group, couples and family psychotherapy trials, communication skills training, and the ethics of end-of-life care. He is best known for his model of family therapy delivered to ‘at risk’ families during palliative care, which prevents complicated grief and depression in bereavement. His work on demoralization as a variation of depression in the medically ill has preceded interventions to promote meaning-based coping. He is the author of over 350 publications, including books about Communication in Cancer Care, Depression and Anxiety, Psychotherapy in Cancer Care, and Bereavement Care for Families.

Prof Kissane has been recognised by the International Psycho-Oncology Society with its Sutherland Award for lifetime achievement, by Cornell University with its Klerman Award for psychotherapy research, by King’s College with its Dame Cecily Saunders lecture, and in 2018, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia for his contribution to the development of the disciplines of Psycho-oncology and Palliative Care.

Venue: Level 2 Lecture Theatre, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia, 160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Date: 17th July 2019
Time: 6pm refreshments for 6.30pm start to lecture
Cost: Free