National Palliative Care Week: ‘It’s your right’

This year’s National Palliative Care Week will be held 22-28 May, with the theme being ‘It’s your right’. The theme seeks to raise awareness about the rights of all Australians to access high-quality palliative care when and where they need it.

This is Australia’s largest annual awareness-raising initiative held to increase understanding of the many benefits of palliative care. The event, now in its 27th year, is organised by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.

You can help PCA raise awareness via social media using the campaign resources and events form or join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #NPCW2022 and #palliativecare.

You can also attend events such as these webinars:


Paediatric Palliative Care: A pathway for success

Health care professionals are invited to the upcoming Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care event from 11am – 12pm (AEST) on Thursday, 26 May 2022.

This event will showcase the work being done by the Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project, highlighting its co-design approach to improving paediatric palliative care in Australia. 


Panel members

  • Ryan Fowler – together with his wife Karen, founded the charity Rio’s Legacy after losing their son Rio in January 2018. The charity, which has since raised $600,000, was established to assist children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Ryan received the Pride of Australia Award for Service to Children’s Palliative Care Services. 
  • Sara Fleming – is the chair of Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Paediatric Palliative Care Steering Committee. Sara was recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours for outstanding public service to the development and provision of Paediatric Palliative Care Services.   
  • Tim Rogers – is the national advocacy manager at Redkite, supporting children and young people diagnosed with cancer and their families. He has a background in social work, acute care and crisis work. 
  • Dr Lisa Cuddeford has over 20 years of experience in paediatric palliative medicine in the UK and Australia. In the UK, Lisa was instrumental in setting up a Community Paediatric Palliative Care Service in Birmingham and was the medical director for Acorns Children’s Hospice. After moving to Australia, Lisa has led the WA Paediatric Palliative Care Service and is delighted to be associated with the development of WA’s first Children’s Hospice.   

Hosted by Rachel Callander (TEDx presenter and author of ‘Super Power Baby Project’), the event will be introduced by the co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care Group, Senator Catryna Bilyk and the Hon Nola Marino MP


Palliative care needs of First Nations people

In this webinar, experts working in palliative care and the First Nations sector will learn practical information for health professionals to help us provide person-centred palliative care. The webinar will run from 7.20am-8.30pm on Wednesday, 25 May.

Find out more here.

Update provided 21 April 2022.

As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.

Our email address – [email protected] and our phone number – 02 6621 3500 will remain the same as in the past. Only the address changes for a while.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.

Dr Gudmundsen and the Team from Lismore Skin Clinic


Contact our Education Team

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Nigel Cronin
Senior Manager, Education
[email protected]
0437 169 786
02 6627 3390
Based on Bundjalung Country in Lismore

Bronwyn Thirkell
Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation and Education and Events Coordinator NNSW
[email protected]
0437 027 751
02 6618 5445
Based on Bundjalung Country in Ballina

Krissi Devlin
Education and Events Coordinator MNC
[email protected]
0447 407 473
02 6659 1808
Working days: Monday Thursday.
Based on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour

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