Most of what we know about our patients is defined by the physical and biological parameters of their particular ailment, condition or health related concern. Despite technically competent care, patients can be left feeling dissatisfied when elements of caring, compassion and personal acknowledgement are lacking. Ironically, while our entire training is devoted to attending to the needs of our patients, no one appreciates being seen as ‘just another patient’. This lecture will describe the challenges of eliciting personhood within the context of clinical care, and the opportunities associated with doing so, for patients and healthcare providers alike.
Biographical Sketch: Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba. His seminal publications addressing psychosocial dimensions of palliation have helped define core-competencies and standards of end-of-life care. He holds the only Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care. His research has been supported by various agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and the National Institute of Health. Dr. Chochinov has been a guest lecturer in most major academic institutions around the world. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Order of Manitoba. In 2014, he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Canada for his work in palliative care. He is the Chair for the Canadian Virtual Hospice, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2012, he received the FNG Starr Award, which is the highest honour the Canadian Medical Association can bestow on one of its members. In addition to over 300 publications, he is the Co-Editor of the Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine, published by Oxford University Press, and the Journal Palliative and Support Care, published by Cambridge University Press. His most recent book, Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days, is published by Oxford University Press and was the 2012 winner of the American Publisher’s Association Prose Award for Clinical Medicine.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
For attendees travelling from Melbourne, Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus is located 2 km from the Waurn Ponds exit from the Geelong Ring Road, and is clearly signposted. Travelling from the southwest, it is 2 km from the Geelong/Waurn Ponds exit from the Ring Road.
Enter the Waurn Ponds campus via the clearly marked Entrance 2 (Nicol Drive North) off Pigdons Rd. The architecturally distinctive Reach Building (dd) is approximately 500m in on your left - see the Waurn Ponds campus map, available at http://www.deakin.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/557728/WaurnPonds-June2016.pdf.
At the time of the event it is expected that there will be adequate onsite parking, although carpooling with other attendees is encouraged. The most convenient carparks are CP1, adjacent to the seminar venue, and CP8 (see the map). For these you will need either a CelloPark account and the mobile app or to purchase a daily permit ($1.50 or the duration of the lecture) from the vending machine located to the left on Nicol Drive shortly after you enter the campus.
Alternatively a free carpark (CP20) is located further into the campus (see map), although demand for places there can be high.