We will be wearing your craziest socks & hosting a zoom chat to shine a light on the mental health of palliative care doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, educators, managers & leaders. COVID-19 has made it harder for all of us trying to do our bit for palliative care – those working on the frontline, behind the scenes & on the home front. So to misquote Timothy Leary for our pandemic generation – let’s all “turn up, zoom in & chill out”!
Grab a well-deserved drink / generous amounts of chocolate / cuddly animal or doona & settle into a comfy chair / snug beanbag / cozy bed around 8pm NZST (New Zealand) 6pm AEST (Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane / Canberra) / 5:30pm ACST (Adelaide) / 4pm AWST (Perth) on Friday 4th June 2021
[The following essay by Dr Adrian Dabscheck, an experienced palliative care physician in Melbourne, explores the evolution of our society’s views towards death and reflects on the role of palliative care and voluntary assisted dying in this context – Chi]
During a recent period of enforced rest, I had time to reflect on my attitude to the recently enacted voluntary assisted dying legislation in Victoria and consider my response.1 I will detail my reaction to the Act and why I have chosen to become a so-called conscientious objector.
In his essay Western Attitudes Toward Death,2 French historian Philippe Ariès illustrates the evolution of our attitudes to death.
Initially, and for millennia, there had been a general resignation to the destiny of our species for which he used the phrase, Et moriemur, and we shall all die. This was replaced in the twelfth century by the more modern concept of the importance of one’s self, and he used the phrase, la mort de soi, one’s own death. Continue reading →
Chaired by @Meera_Agar – the lead author of the seminal paper examining the role of antipsychotics in the management of delirium symptoms in the palliative care setting, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this year – the session will feature presentations from Professor Agar, as well as:
Dr Simon Allan, palliative care physician, Director of Palliative Care at Arohanui Hospice in New Zealand and the current President of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
Dr Chris Moran, geriatrician from Alfred Health and research fellow at Monash University, and
Dr Justin Dwyer, psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Psychosocial Cancer Care service at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.
After the presentations, a panel discussion involving the speakers will offer the audience plenty of opportunities to further explore this hot topic in palliative care.