Speakers at the 2015 SolarisCare Symposium

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SolarisCare Symposium 2015

Friday, 15 May 2015

The fourth SolarisCare Symposium is focusing on the key emerging trends in health care, complementary integrated therapies and cancer care, in regional communities.


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



David Joske

Founder and Medical Director of the SolarisCare Foundation, Clinical Professor UWA, Haematologist


Location: Dog Rock Function Room, Albany WA 6330
303 Middleton Road, Albany, Western Australia, 6330
Time : 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: $60.00 per person (registration closes Friday, 17 April 2015)
Registration: Book online at or visit
For further information please contact
Dr Anna Petterson or (08) 6383 3481

Bereavement Support Group

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The SolarisCare Cancer Support Centre, at St John of God Hospital Subiaco, in collaboration with St John of God Pastoral Services, is holding a bereavement support group facilitated by experienced SolarisCare Counsellors.

The focus of the support group will be on coping with loss and grief, whilst providing an opportunity for participants to share with others in a similar situation and learn practical skills to help deal with the challenges associated with the loss of a loved one.

The bereavement support group will meet once per week over a period of six weeks, starting Wednesday, 22nd April 2015 at 10:00am. Each session will run for approximately two hours.

This support group is open to all individuals experiencing grief associated with the loss of a loved one.

Click here to download the registration form for the upcoming Bereavement Support Group - Registration Form (Link this to the attached flyer)

If you require any further information or are interested in participating, please return your completed form to any SolarisCare Cancer Support Centre. Alternatively, you may return your completed form by email or facsimile (08) 9388 9700.

For queries and further information, contact SolarisCare SJOG on (08) 9388 9788.

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