Monday Workshop Program

For more information on workshop content, please go to the workshops page

Session times

1200 – 1300 Conference registrations open in the Lone Pine room

1300 – 1630 Workshop sessions as below

1430 – 1500 Afternoon tea served in the Lone Pine room

Workshop session name



Boundaries for wellness Carrie Wallis Keith Hoyer Room
How to write a truthful and engaging biography Karen Lane Lone Pine Room
Understanding Dementia Steve Swan Amy Taylor Room
Grief & Loss – a Volunteer Perspective Elena Bellinato Afghanistan Room

Please note this program may be subject to changes.

Tuesday Conference Program

For more information on our presenters, please go to the presenters page

Session times

To be held in the Lone Pine Room



0830 – 0915

Conference registrations open

Only required for delegates who did not attend a workshop on Monday

0915 – 0930

Welcome to RSL Anzac Village and Acknowledgement of Country

Presenter: Stephanie Stoddard, Village Manager, RSL Lifecare ANZAC Village

0930 – 1000

Delegate Showcase and Introduction to Theme

Presenter: Carolyn Wilkinson

1000 – 1045

Opening plenary – Messages and Gifts of the Dying

Teresa shares insights from her decades of working with the dying

Presenter: Teresa Plane, NSW Senior Australian of the Year 2023

1045 – 1100 Morning Tea
1100 – 1145

Embrace Stress to Defeat it

During this presentation, you’ll discover why stress is good for you! Understand the different types of stress. Reveal how you may be contributing to your stress levels. Learn what to do to embrace stress so it diminishes. And enjoy a calming exercise you can use any time you feel stress taking hold.

Presenter: Carrie Wallis

1145 – 1230

Voluntary Assisted Dying in NSW Information Session

VAD legislation comes into effect in NSW on November 28. Be prepared with information.

Presenters: Sophie Tyner, Director, and Dr Sara Townend, Visiting Medical Officer, from the State-wide Care Navigator Service, Voluntary Assisted Dying

1230 – 1315 Lunch
1315 – 1500

Afternoon session: break-out experiences

Tech space, Art space, Music space, Sensory space. Experience a variety of practical ways to connect with your clients.

Multiple presenters

1500 – 1515
Afternoon Tea
1515 – 1545

Taking it Home

This reflective session will provide time to ponder the “Power of Perspective”

At the end of every party there is a lolly bag…… A time to reflect on the conference and what we can take away with us.  Before we hit the road to go to our other lives, let us have a short pause to let the experience of the conference sink in.  Whether it be knowledge, understanding, energy, inspiration or connection, each of us will think about what aspects we can add to the other little treats in our ‘take home bag’ that will be given to every participant.

Presenters: Sarah Potter and Kylie Clark

1545 – 1600

Thank You/Conclusion

Kirsty Blades – CEO Palliative Care NSW

Conference organisers

Please note this program may be subject to changes.