Palliative Care Tasmania is delighted to announce the first Keynote Speakers to be joining us at 2024 Compassionate Tasmania.

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements soon!

Date: Thursday 13 June 2024

Time: 9am – 4.00pm Symposium | Networking 4.00pm-5.30pm

Location: Blundstone Arena, Hobart

Professor Allan Kellehear
Allan Kellehear is Professor in Health & Social Care at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. He is also an honorary professor in theology and religion at Durham University in the UK, and in family medicine at the McMaster University Medical School in Canada. Allan has worked as a professor in Australia, Japan, England, and the USA, and is founder, and one of the leading advocates of the international public health movement in palliative care, also known as the ‘compassionate community’ or ‘health promoting palliative care’ approach.  He is co-editor (with Julian Abel) of the Oxford Textbook of Public Health Palliative Care (2022) and a contributing author of the Lancet Commission Report (2022) on The Value of Death: Bringing death back to life. A medical and public health sociologist by background, he is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

Kerrie Noonan

Presentation Title: Death Literacy and Compassionate Communities: What is the evidence and how can we use it to support our work in communities

Bio: Kerrie Noonan is the Director of the Death Literacy Institute. She is a clinical psychologist and social researcher. As a member of the Caring at End of Life Research team at Western Sydney University, worked on the Death Literacy Index and Compassionate Communities projects. This pioneering research team has investigated the role of family, friends and neighbours play when someone is dying at home and coined the term ‘death literacy’ and the now development of the Death Literacy Index. Kerrie has a long-standing interest in community capacity building approaches to death, dying and bereavement, palliative care and how people can build their death literacy.

She holds several appointments, including an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Public Health Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Psychology at Western Sydney University. She is currently Director of Research at Western NSW Local Health District. She was the cofounder and executive director of The GroundSwell Project and national initiatives Dying to Know Day, FilmLife Project and ComComHub. She is active in the Compassionate Communities movement internationally and is Vice President of Public Health Palliative Care International.