The Art of Palliative Care
In recognition of National Palliative Care Week, UOW College organised a special event titled "The Art of Palliative Care," featuring the distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Michael Barbato OAM.
This event, aligned with National Palliative Care Week, honours the significance of quality palliative care in improving the lives of individuals with life-limiting illnesses. Dr. Michael Barbato OAM's presence and insightful contributions enriched the occasion, providing valuable perspectives on this vital field.
Understanding Palliative Care:
Palliative care is a person-centred approach that offers comprehensive support to individuals of all ages with life-limiting illnesses. It encompasses pain and symptom management, addresses emotional and spiritual needs, and provides social support. The goal is to maximise well-being and ensure the best possible life for patients without hastening or delaying death.
National Palliative Care Week:
National Palliative Care Week (NPCW) 2023, taking place from May 21 to May 27, is Australia's largest annual initiative aimed at raising awareness about palliative care, promoting understanding of its services, and recognising the efforts of the palliative care workforce.
The Art of Palliative Care Event:
Dr. Michael Barbato OAM, a special guest speaker, facilitated the event, which united UOW College and UOW staff and students studying Nursing, Ageing, and Individual Support, along with health industry partners including aged care providers. This collaborative gathering provided an opportunity for conversation and collaboration within the realm of palliative care. Topics covered included the changing pattern of life and death, holistic care, and common myths.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Barbato OAM:
We were honoured to have Dr. Michael Barbato OAM host a conversation on "The Art of Palliative Care" event. With extensive experience and recognised contributions to palliative care, Dr. Barbato began his career in 1989 after 17 years as a General Physician in rural NSW. Throughout his career, he has directed palliative care services in NSW and the ACT, gaining valuable experience in diverse care settings.
Dr. Barbato's research interests include the experiences of unconsciousness in dying patients, holistic end-of-life care, death literacy, and non-ordinary states of consciousness related to end-of-life dreams and visions. As the author of three books and a facilitator of correspondence courses on the art of midwifing death, his expertise and unique perspectives made him an exceptional guest speaker for our event.
UOW College's Connection to Palliative Care:
As a provider of vocational courses in Nursing, Aging, and Individual Support, UOW College offers comprehensive training programs that promote person-centred care, effective communication, and holistic support for individuals and their families. By offering these vocational courses, we contribute to meeting the growing demand for skilled professionals in health and aged care. Our aim is to empower students to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals in need of palliative care. Dr Barbato’s insights will result in students and industry having increased confidence and skills to assist and support clients during end of life.
At UOW College, we are committed to raising awareness, advocating for compassionate care, and inspiring future healthcare professionals to make a difference in the lives of those in need.