What if we spoke about dying with the openness and curiosity of children? How can we unlearn our social discomfort on tackling the one thing that will inevitably happen to every person? This panel will meander through humour, kindness, benefits and burdens, all in the name of helping healthcare have a good public-facing chat about death.
Liz Crowe is a Paediatric Social Worker who specialises in grief, loss, crisis, end of life and bereavement in critical care environments. She is still trying to complete her PhD examining risk and protective factors for staff wellbeing in critical care to inform interventions of support and education. Liz is a passionate and humorous educator who regularly speaks internationally. Liz is the successful author of ‘The Little Book of Loss and Grief You Can Read While You Cry’. She is a proud member of the St Emlyn’s education team and an active member of #FOAMed.@LizCrowe2
Jenny Holman has worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant / Organ Donor Coordinator at Royal North Shore, Sydney Australia since 2009. Her background includes decades in neuro ICU and palliative care. She is passionate about good end of life care and communication, bereavement, self-care in the workplace, and is a SMACC addict. Jenny particularly enjoys caring for patients and their families from diverse cultures as they navigate the difficult journey of end of life care.
In her other life she is an avid swimmer, reader, mother of 3 young adult children, has ahusband of 30 years, is an appalling cook and lover of anything sweet.
Rachel is a TEDx presenter, speaker, trainer, award winning artist and author of two books- Super Power Baby Project and Super Power Kids. These books celebrate the lives and abilities of children with a range of disabilities and have been inspired by Rachel’s late daughter Evie, who was born with a very rare chromosomal condition. In the two and a half years of Evie’s life, Rachel learnt a lot about the use of language in the health system, and has spent a decade exploring the impact and implications of how it is used by health professionals – with positive and negative effects.
She teaches how the first words used at diagnosis critically shape how a parent perceives their future: The words can allow the parent/patient to be their best, and find meaning even in pain; or they can create anger, mistrust, frustration, and can break down the crucial relationship between the parent and the health professional.
Greg is a paediatric intensivist at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney. He trained in paediatrics and intensive care at the Royal Children’s Hospital, paediatric palliative care at Westmead and paediatric cardiac intensive care at SickKids, Toronto. He also spent years working in the Northern Territory, did a biomedical science degree in PNG, got an MBA and became a yoga teacher. His daily work is leading the amazing teams that look after the sickest children in NSW.
He is astounded by how far we have come and alternately excited and despondent about how far we have to go – in how we organise ourselves and care for ourselves, our patients and our planet. Right now we’re good at stopping people dying, but hopefully one day we will all know how to live on this planet we all share.