Let's Talk about Death

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St Francis Theological College

233 Milton Rd

Milton, QLD 4064


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Let’s Talk about Death: Workshop and Death Cafe

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Let’s Talk about Death:

Workshop and Death Cafe

A morning to talk about death and dying with four fabulous speakers.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the planned panel session will be split into two workshops which will be repeated.

Workshop: Dr Sarah Winch and Bishop Jonathan Holland

Workshop: Aunty (Dr) Rose Elu and Dr John Rosenberg

Participant numbers in each workshop: 16 (including 2 speakers & 2 staff members)Total number of in person participants: 32 (due to room size limitations).

Although only 32 in person places are available, both workshops will be available via Zoom. Please ensure you supply your email address to be sent a Zoom meeting invitation.

9.30am – 10.50am Workshop

Lecture Room 1

Aunty (Dr) Rose Elu – 20 mins

Dr John Rosenberg – 20 Mins

Discussion – 30 mins

Old Bishopsbourne

Dr Sarah Winch – 25-30 mins

Bishop Jonathan Holland – 10-15 mins

Discussion – 30 minutes

10.50am – 11.10am: Morning Tea

(Speakers swap rooms)

11.10 – 12.30: Workshop repeat

12.30 – 1.30/2.00pm: Death Café (BYO Lunch)

An opportunity for participants to talk about death and other ideas arising from the workshop. Held on Old Bishopsbourne lawns.

Guest Speakers

Associate Professor Sarah Winch

Associate Professor Sarah Winch is an Australian health care ethicist who advises government and industry. Sarah works at the intersection of social theory, philosophy and healthcare and is based at The University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine. Her expertise is sought by the Australian media (radio, television, online blogs and information sites) and healthcare professional associations. She is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee contributing to national guidance on complex ethical issues on the conduct and governance of research, mitochondrial transfer, neonatal organ donation and healthcare resource allocation in pandemics. Sarah’s theoretical interests involve understanding ways of knowing such as science, philosophy, mysticism, and how that translates to action, understanding and wisdom in healthcare. A prolific author, she contributes to, and critiques the academic literature in her field and writes regularly for the community. Her latest book published by University of Queensland Press is “The Best Death. How to Die Well”.

Aunty (Dr) McRose Elu

Aunty Rose Elu was born on Saibai Island top western Torres Strait. Father side Chieftain Clan, (Saibai Koedal ) Mother (Thabu Clan). Her family moved from Saibai Island in the late 1940's to the tip of Australia, the land was given to her family by the traditional owners currently known as SEISIA. Aunty Rose spent her childhood, primary & Secondary education at Bamaga. Aunty Rose left to do further extended studies in Melbourne and lived there for 17 years. She later moved up to Brisbane to do academic studies at the University of Queensland. She has a BA double major in Anthropology & Political Science, post graduate study at the University of Hawaii, including a PhD program on Customary Law. Aunty Rose has been a Public Servant for over 20 years, working for various State Government Departments. Aunty Rose is also a member in various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, including Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania, Association of Education in the Pacific. She is a worldwide traveller and has presented various papers at the Forums and Universities throughout the world, most recently at United Nations on Climate Change. Aunty Rose also sits on various committees at the Anglican Church of Australia, Church Warden Anglican Non-Geographic Parish, Diocese of Brisbane. Aunty Rose currently works for Relationships Australia Queensland as Relationship Counsellor and a Wellbeing and Community Engagement Officer.

Dr John Rosenberg

Dr John Rosenberg is a registered nurse with a clinical background in community-based palliative care. He has worked in universities for about 18 years as a teacher and researcher in the fields of palliative and end of life care. John’s focus is on working with communities to build their ‘death literacy’ – that is, their collective capacity to respond to issues of dying, death and grief. John is the current president of Public Health Palliative Care International; this global association promotes social connections, in equal partnership with health care, to create compassionate communities that support their dying citizens. John describes himself as living in that awkward stage between birth and death.

The Right Rev’d Dr Jonathan Holland

Bishop Jonathan will offer a perspective on the theology of the afterlife following the keynote address by Associate Professor Sarah Winch

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