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Tuesdays with Morrie Film Night

Thursday 7th March 2019
Flinders University @ Tonsley Campus
Lecture Theatre 1
Register here

The main theme in Tuesdays With Morrie centers around what one can learn about life through death. The story is about a professor, Morrie Schwartz, who has ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Mitch Albom, the author, (played by Jack Lemmon in the film)  writes about the life lessons he received from Morrie while struggling with ALS – a life-threatening disease.  

“Study me in my slow and patient demise. Watch what happens to me. Learn with me,” Morrie tells him. When someone is on their deathbed, their view towards life can change; they can realize what is important and what is not.

Say it Forward – Advance Care Planning Information Sessions

Advance care planning promotes care that is consistent with a person’s goals, values, beliefs and preferences. It prepares the person and others to plan for future health care, for a time when the person may no longer be able to communicate those decisions themselves. When a person’s values are discussed openly, their healthcare preferences can be respected at a time when they cannot voice their decisions. It’s an ongoing process that needs cooperation between individuals, their families, care workers, and health professionals as well as community organisations and healthcare organisations.

Sessions are free and facilitated by Sandra L Bradley, RN, PhD; Advance Care Planning Consultant. Sandra also operates her own, independent business as an advance care directive consultant in South Australia and is able to provide education to members of the South Australian community on the South Australian Advance Care Directive form and decision-making relating to it.  Sandra’s research and clinical experience involve the areas of advance care directives, aged care, palliative care, dementia, rehabilitation, consumer-directed care, end-of-life care and voluntary euthanasia.  She believes we all have a critical role in engaging people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses in advance care planning or advance care directive completion to ensure that their wishes are respected and they and their families are supported.

Metropolitan Locations (contact PCSA 8271 1643 for more information. Click the links to register)

12.03.19 Alfred James Funeral Home, 105 Prospect Rd, Prospect 2-4pm
02.04.19 Alfred James Funeral Home, 272 Main South Rd, Morphett Vale 4-6pm
07.05.19 Alfred James Funeral Home, 543 Marion Rd, South Plympton 6-8pm
05.09.19 Alfred James Funeral Home, 344 Henley Beach Rd, Lockleys 10am-12pm
08.10.19 Alfred James Funeral Home, 674 North East Road, Holden Hill 10am-12pm

CountrySA Locations (contact Nel Jans 0477 886 450 for more information)

11.02.19 Bordertown RSL Rooms, Cannawigara Rd, Bordertown SA 5268 (7-9pm)
12.02.19 Naracoorte Hospital Conference Room 1, Naracoorte Hospital (10am-12pm)
12.02.19 Penola Hospital, 18 Church Street, Penola (2-4pm)
12.02.19 The Royal Oak Hotel, 31 Chruch Street, Penola (6-8pm)
13.02.19 Mount Gambier Public Library, 6 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier (10am-12pm & 6-8pm)
14.02.19 Millicent Hospital Training Room, 51 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent (1-3pm & 6-8pm)

Download your Advance Directive DIY Kit and Forms here.

Forums Program

1st May 2019 Have we under invested in Palliative Care? Aligning Policy Objectives and Payment Design in Palliative Care Forum

Venue: Bradley Forum, The Hawke Centre, UniSA West City Campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide

Presenter: Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute

Funding arrangements for palliative care are not optimal. People miss out on needed care, and the health system doesn’t function as well as it should because people end up in intensive care when they would have preferred to be looked after at home.

If palliative care is to become a universally accessible service, new approaches to funding, based on the experience of funding reforms in other parts of the health system, need to be adopted. Payment models for palliative care should move toward activity-based funding using an agreed classification, be uncapped funding with performance monitoring, and make explicit use of performance metrics and reporting.

Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals, to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.