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2024 National Palliative Care Week Breakfast – Perth, Bunbury and Albany

May 21 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Join us for a delicious brekkie celebrating National Palliative Care Week in Perth, Bunbury and Albany in 2024!

You are invited to join us for Breakfast in Perth, Bunbury or Albany to catch up with colleagues during National Palliative Care Week 2024 and hear from Dr Julian Abel and Professor Samar Aoun on Compassionate Communities.

We are pleased to be able to once again provide our signature PCWA Breakfast at three locations simultaneously – in the Perth metropolitan area, Bunbury and also Albany. Dr Abel will present online and Professor Aoun will be live at the Perth event, Fraser’s Kings Park – State Reception Centre, while being live-streamed to the Bunbury event at the Mantra Bunbury Lighthouse and the Albany event at Hilton Garden Inn.

Guest speaker

Dr Julian Abel

Dr Julian Abel became a consultant in palliative care 2001, working initially at a district general hospital and a hospice. For more than a decade he has become increasingly involved in finding ways of building compassionate communities around people at end of life. He has run projects at local, regional and national levels, and was Vice President of Public Health Palliative Care International. He is an international keynote speaker and has published regularly on models of public health palliative care. Abel and Professor Allan Kellehear are the editors of the Oxford Textbook of Public Health Palliative Care.

Since 2016, he has worked with Frome Medical Practice in Somerset in developing a new model of primary care combined with compassionate communities. The health outcomes of this model have been dramatic, with this being the first intervention that has been effective in reducing whole population emergency admissions. Compassionate communities is one of the most effective therapeutic tools we have in improving length of life and well being. Along with Professor Kellehear, he has formed Compassionate Communities UK, which he is Director. The charity has been formed to develop the broader roll out compassionate communities in primary care and public health palliative and end-of-life care. Projects are underway in multiple areas in the UK and internationally.

Dr Julian Abel is joint author of The Compassion Project, along with the prize winning novelist Lindsay Clarke. The book describes the background to the Frome Project, its implementation and the wider implications of the application of compassion both in medicine and in society at large. He runs a podcast, Survival of the Kindest about compassion, its presence, its absence and the consequences of both.

Professor Samar Aoun

Professor Samar Aoun is Perron Institute Research Chair in Palliative Care at the University of Western Australia, Head of Palliative Care Research at Perron Institute, adjunct professor at La Trobe University and Chair of Compassionate Communities Australia.

Samar is an international leader in the promotion and advocacy of public health approaches to palliative care and led this approach for those living with grief and bereavement. She is known as an innovator and a champion of practice and policy translation of public health science for palliative care.

Her work on social models in bereavement support has provided empirical evidence to strengthen the Compassionate Communities approach to care. She co-founded the South West Compassionate Communities Network and led the Compassionate Connectors program which offered the practical and social support needed by families with life limiting illnesses, with community citizens working alongside palliative care and chronic disease teams. The program significantly improved social connectedness and reduced hospital admissions.

She is a current board member of Palliative Care WA and a past president of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association in Western Australia and MND Australia. Internationally, she is a member of Public Health Palliative Care International and the Public Health Palliative Care reference group of the European Association of Palliative Care. She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 from the Prime Minister of Australia, received in 2018 the Medal for Excellence from the European Society for Person Centred Healthcare and was recently awarded the 2023 WA Australian of the Year.

Ticketing information

Ticket prices this year will vary by location due to the differing venue costs in the city and the regions. Also, the prices take into consideration the difference between being in-room with the live speaker and MC and at a satellite event.

If you are purchasing tickets on behalf of others please make sure to supply the name and email address for each attendee during the registration process. This will ensure everyone receives relevant emails in the lead up to the event.

Tables will seat 10 people. If you would like to book one or more tables on behalf of your organisation at either the Perth, Bunbury or Albany event, please contact us directly on info@palliativecarewa.asn.au.

P erth breakfast

  • $45 for Individual Members of PCWA
  • $60 for non-members
  • $600 for a table of 10

Bunbury and Albany breakfast

  • $40 for all attendees
  • $400 for a table of 10

Please take care to book at the location of your choice.

Tables seat 10 people. Please contact us if you would like to book one or more tables.

Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell or have developed any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Further information



1300 551 704


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of these events. We also acknowledge the support of the Lockwood Charitable Foundation.

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