Molly Carlile Palliative Care Workshop Study Day Calvary St John’s Hospital 7th Aug 2015


Please accept our (Gibson Ward) gratitude for awarding the unit a Professional Study Day Seminar grant.


Professional development is paramount to excellent oncology care and we purposely chose a facilitator who could provide education to all of our multi-disciplinary team. Attending from the Gibson Ward were nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, hospital aides, dietician, ward clerk, palliative care doctors and pastoral care. There were also participants from the public sector which enhanced the learning spread and increased interagency networking. It was a brilliant outcome in itself to have our Gibson team and the public team able to meet in the same place at the same time and learn together.


The seminar was presented by Molly Carlile. Molly has extensive senior management and executive experience in both rural and metropolitan health services. She has a clinical background in specialist palliative care nursing, counselling and education. Theories and practices of contemporary loss and grief practice including meaning making were explored and facilitated a deeper understanding of communication skills as core to care of patients with leukaemia and other cancers. Importantly the focus was on health professional self-care which evidence shows leads to better health care.


Molly Carlile provided evaluation sheets to all participants which provided feedback of extremely high satisfaction with the seminar from the majority of participants. It was also noted that all attending came on a non-paid day which demonstrates their dedication to their roles and the great need for quality training for those working in palliative care.


Our thanks go to the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation for this opportunity which has enhanced the ability of our staff to provide the best care possible to our oncology patients.


With gratitude


Anita Oakley

Gibson Unit Social Worker

Calvary Care St John’s Hospital - Hobart




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