Newsletter

The Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care Newsletter is a joint publication by the Agency of Clinical Innovation (ACI), the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) and the NSW Ministry of Health.

The newsletter provides updates on the ACI, the CEC and the Ministry's advance care planning and end of life projects.

Issue 6 - July 2017
Issue 5 - March 2017
Issue 4 - December 2016
Issue 3 - September 2016
Issue 2 - July 2016
Issue 1 - March 2016

End of Life: A Reflection on NSW and Overseas Practice’ Symposium

On 26 May, more than 90 health professionals and members of consumer groups from across NSW attended the ‘End of Life: A Reflection on NSW and Overseas Practice’ Symposium in Sydney.

The Symposium was sponsored by the NSW Ministry of Health and was a collaboration between the Spanish Embassy, the Cervantes Institute of Sydney, the Association of Spanish Researchers in Australia, the Brain and Mind Centre, Outcomes Australia – Sharelife, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC).

The international keynote speaker was Professor Xavier Gomez-Batiste, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Palliative Care Programs and former Medical Officer for Palliative and Long Term Care at the WHO. Professor Gomez-Batiste addressed the topic ‘Integrated End of Life Care: the challenges for health care systems worldwide’ (3.4MB) and drew on his experiences from the Catalonia project in Spain where palliative care was identified as a national public health issue.

The local keynote speaker, Associate Professor Amanda Walker presented a comprehensive overview of the NSW Statewide Approach to Excellence in End of Life Care and the programs being delivered by the CEC, ACI, NSW Ambulance and the Ministry of Health.

The keynote speeches were followed by a panel discussion on 'How do we ensure excellence in end of life care happens for every patient every day?'. The facilitator for the panel discussion was Professor Lynn Gillam, Children's Bioethics Centre, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Panel members were: 

  • Joy Bowen, Catholic Chaplain, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
  • Colin Begg, Consumer
  • Peter Saul, Intensivist, John Hunter Hospital
  • George Miller, GP, Central Coast
  • Kate Spurway, Aged Care Consultant, Leading Aged Services Australia
  • Therese Smeal, Coordinator, South Western Sydney LHD

From the Symposium, you can view:

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