This past week a few of us from NALAG were at the 6th International Public Health Palliative Care conference in Leura.
The conference ran over 4 and a half days and was full of meetings, research, practice examples, singing, films and so many conversations and networking.
The theme of the conference was ‘Compassionate Communities in Action: Re-claiming Ageing, Dying and Grieving’. Over 350 people came from all over the world – New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, USA, Taiwan, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Japan, China. (I’m sure I missed some!).
There were a number of presentations and workshops about loss and bereavement that have very applicable to the work we do here at NALAG and over the next few weeks we will write up and share some of our learning and reflections. Considerations around loss and grief are central in the public health palliative care movement.
Professor Allan Kellehear whose book health promoting palliative care you can read here.
He said during the conference:
“We don’t wait for the earthquake- we need prevention & early intervention. It’s not the dying. It’s the depression, anxiety, loneliness, it’s job loss, lost school days, suicides, social isolation. - That’s why we do compassionate cities”
This is a central idea at NALAG too. Getting in early supporting where needed and building on the existing resilience in the community. We had a sense of pride that NALAG was amongst like minded people and organisations. We are looking forward to sharing more!