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Arts Outwest | Arts’ Role in Dementia and Palliative Care Highlighted in Upcoming Public Talks

Arts OutWest’s arts and health coordinator Christine McMillan will be a guest speaker at Dementia
and Palliative Care information sessions in Bathurst, Parkes, Orange, Dubbo and Blacktown.
 
Christine McMillan will talk about ‘Art Connections’, an art and dementia program coordinated by
Arts OutWest at Jemalong Residential Village, Forbes.
 
The Dementia and Palliative Care ‘Getting it Together’ sessions provide insights into the
management of “Dementia as a Palliative Illness” and will be of great value to clinicians, health care
workers carers of people of dementia and members of the general public with in an interest in
Dementia.
 
The sessions will be held June 19 -23 (see attached for itinerary) and are presented by PEPA
(Program of Excellence in the Palliative Approach) in conjunction with Western NSW LHD
Palliative Care Service.
 
The principal presenter, Dr Jane Tolman, is a geriatrician based in Tasmania and an Associate
Professor of Aged Care at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University
of Tasmania where she is involved in both education and research. Dr Tolman’s talk will be
highlighted by carer stories read by two actors (from the NSW Central West) Kate Smith and Vince
Melton.
 
Dr Tolman has recently developed a new staging system for dementia, and it has gained
widespread traction among carers, families and health professionals, for its emphasis on dignity and
the importance of palliation.
 
James Daley (Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant) will be playing a selection of Celtic Guitar
pieces during the session, providing a reflective musical ambiance to the learning experience.
 
Arts OutWest is the regional arts development organisation for the NSW Central West region and
is acknowledged as a leader in the arts and health field.
 
The sessions are free to attend but bookings are requested. Register on-line here.