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Workshop - The Spiritual Dimensions of Palliative Care
3 – 4 November 2018
The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney
104 Broadway, Broadway NSW 2006

Over the past two decades there has been a worldwide resurgence of interest in this challenging, neglected aspect of health care. The importance of the spiritual dimension is clearly outlined in the curriculum of the RACP Chapter of Palliative Medicine, for advanced specialty trainees. For example, learning objective 1.8.1 states: “Recognise that spirituality, however expressed, is a key dimension of the human experience and understand how spiritual issues can impact on suffering”. This workshop has been particularly designed for these trainees, but it is suitable for anyone interested in the spiritual dimensions of palliative care.

Spirituality is a difficult concept to grasp. It is inherently personal and experiential, rather than cognitive. This is reflected in the workshop style, which is very participatory. The content draws on material from many sources: stories, images, music, and silent reflection. Participants work in groups of three, exploring topics such as meaning, suffering, hope, forgiveness, love and healing.

Workshop facilitator Prof Doug Bridge has pioneered palliative medicine in Australia and Asia since 1983. Since 2002 he has concentrated on the spiritual dimension, and led workshops in many countries. He is the past-President of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine.

Cost: $250. Includes lunches, refreshments, and Saturday dinner.
Registration: Please email ies@nd.edu.au to secure your place. You will be sent the details for the payment gateway and reading materials closer to the date of the workshop.
Scholarships & accommodation: Please contact ies@nd.edu.au for our suggested list of accommodation options, or to apply for the scholarships available for students and others.

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