Community Connections:

Free community education sessions about end-of-life issues.

Be informed and understand how to take more control over your life and end-of-life

Community Connection are stand-alone topics that are designed to strengthen communities of care. “It takes a village to raise a child” and ‘it takes a community to support a person and the family of someone who is dying’.

Communities of care work together to provide a circle of support and enhance quality of life, help families and caregivers with support when a person is ill and through grief, bereavement and loss.

Learn how to plan, what to consider, who is involved in care, how to stay well for longer, how to support others, advance care planning and how to have conversations around end of life wishes and more…

Key session topics include:

  • Breaking down the myths on palliative care
  • What is palliative care
  • Who can benefit from palliative care
  • Who provides palliative care
  • Starting difficult conversations
  • Understanding grief and bereavement
  • Reactions to grief
  • Different types of losses people may encounter
  • Supporting others and caring for yourself
  • Positive communication skills what helps/what doesn’t
  • Well-being and resilience
  • Grief services in Tasmania
  • Childhood bereavement
  • Grief in schools – Young carers
  • Supporting a student through grief:
  • Recognising a student who needs support
  • Providing educational supports for a grieving teen
  • Communication strategies
  • Building resilience in schools
  • Understanding and recognising the dying process
  • Increasing confidence discussing end of life care and dying?
  • Managing symptoms
  • Recognising the importance of communication and planning
  • Talking about dying
  • Social, spiritual and psychological challenges
  • Communication principles – PREPARED
  • Film – demonstrating principles
  • Person centred care
  • Cultural safety
  • Your documentsPlanning and decision making & financial– i.e., ID, Will, Power of Attorney, Advance Care Directive, Enduring Guardian, financial info
  • Your loved ones – e., Discussion of end-of-life plans, emotional will
  • Your send-off – Type of funeral, burial
  • What else? – e., passwords, pets, social media…
  • Resources – guides to help you plan ahead
  • Understanding the ageing process- Signs of ageing
  • Nutrition – Important nutrients
  • Exercise- Maintaining muscle mass
  • Lifestyle factors to reduce cognitive decline and dementia
  • Considerations for those more vulnerable in the community
  • Tasmanian Aboriginal
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse
  • Intellectual disability
  • What is advance care planning
  • Benefits of advance care planning
  • Tasmanian advance care directive
  • Legalities of advance care directives
  • Choosing someone to speak on your behalf
  • Who to give your directive to
  • Carers in Australia
  • Role of the carer
  • Assessing your needs as a carer
  • Mapping your support network
  • Looking after yourself & emotional needs
  • Asking for help
  • Support for carers
  • Resources
  • What is stress
  • Recognising your limits
  • What is well-being
  • Recognising what you need
  • Why self-care matters
  • How to practice self-care
  • What is dementia
  • Supported decision making
  • ACP and dementia

Suitable for:

  • Sessions suitable for anyone and everyone who wants to understand more about planning ahead, how to support themselves and/others.


  • Ask one of our educators to be a guest speaker at your community group, event or organisation
    • Sessions can be delivered online or face to face
  • Contact us  on  PH 03 6231 2799 |


  • Free to PCT Members and open to the public.
  • Sessions can be adapted and tailored to your needs.

*A community of care includes all of us:

  • hospitals, health care professionals, volunteers, social networks, clubs, neighbours, local organisations, faith groups, local businesses or people living in a particular area.
  • Most importantly, it includes families, carers and local communities. A community of care is best represented by the Palliative Care Circle of Support.

Booking sessions for the North and Northwest

Amanda Aitken 0448 970 833

Booking sessions for South

Hannah Butler 0447 240 846

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