SolarisCare Symposium 2015
Friday, 15 May 2015
FEATURING KEY NOTE SPEAKERS
Dr Kirsten Auret
Associate Professor, Deputy Head of School: UWA Rural Clinical School of W A. (Albany).
'Advance Care Planning in Rural Communities.'
Dr Auret will present the work she and Craig Sinclair have been doing over the last 4 years, exploring how advance care planning is seen in our community, how uptake may be encouraged, and how the health care system needs to change to meet the challenges raised by new legislation and public policy.
Dr Craig Sinclair
Research Fellow: UWA Rural Clinical School of W.A. (Albany).
'Promoting Patient Autonomy by Supporting Healthcare Decision-Making'
Patient autonomy is a fundamental ethical principle, that guides decision-making in the Australian healthcare system. But what should occur when cognitive impairment leaves a person unable to make decisions? How do we balance the demands of respecting individual autonomy, while providing support and protection for those whose decision-making is impaired? This presentation draws from ongoing quality improvement projects in residential aged care in the Great Southern region, and argues for new approaches, to better support decision-making and promote patient autonomy.
Valmai Nathan presenting with patient Deborah Giovanazzi
RN, SolarisCare Great Southern Volunteer Coordinator, Albany
'Finding a haven in a turbulent storm'
I am the coordinator of SolarisCare Great Southern. I am passionate about the work I do and consider it a very important role in providing holistic care to people with cancer and their families. As an internationally recognised Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, my goal is to integrate complementary therapies into mainstream medicine.
Based on my 42 years as a registered/clinical nurse and working with energy healing for the past 15 years I have witnessed the positive, empowering and strengthening impact that SolarisCare provides for patients and their loved ones who have a cancer diagnosis. Their individual journey creates numerous obstacles for those living in the regional area