About the Upcoming Conference

The conference will be held at RACV Goldfields in Regional Victoria from 1-3 May 2024. The theme for 2024 is ‘Back to the Future – Past, Present and Future – directions in palliative care’. The conference will focus on the growth of palliative care models in Australia over the past forty years, and enhance our knowledge and skills of current and future innovative healthcare practices for people with a life limiting illness.


Venue RACV Goldfields is a conference and events centre in regional Victoria. It is ideally situated between Victoria’s famous spa country and the historic goldfields, just 80 minutes from Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Airport, 15 minutes from Ballarat and 20 minutes from Daylesford. Surrounded by some of Victoria’s most stunning natural beauty, RACV Goldfields has been designed to capture the most impressive views and vistas of the local environment.

Discounted accommodation available for conference attendees.
Phone 03 5345 9602; Quote Booking Reference: BBID 11997018

Pre-conference workshop Wednesday May 1st 2024

  • Practicing in an environment of recreational substances – addiction and pain management in palliative care
  • Long term use of opioids in cancer pain – implications and complications
  • Interventional procedures for Pain Management
  • Future directions of oncology treatments for metastatic cancers

Conference Program at a Glance May 2nd & May 3rd 2024

We are planning two days of sessions that will focus on:

  • Inequalities and Initiatives for Aging Populations
  • Psychosocial Dimensions in Palliative Care
  • Digital Horizons in Palliative Care
  • Future Innovations and Trends
  • Looking to the Past to Lead Tomorrow

Pre-conference workshop

Wednesday May 1st

Joint meeting with VPCNPC

10:30am – 11:00am  |  Registration

11:00am – 11:05am  | Welcome

11:05am – 12:00pm
Interventional techniques for pain management and other oncological emergencies
Dr Richard Ussher, Director of Radiology Grampians Health

12:00pm – 12:45pm  |  Lunch

12:45pm – 1:45pm
Practicing in an environment of recreational substances – Addiction and pain management
Dr Adam Straub Addiction Medicine Specialist

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Long term use of opioids in cancer pain – Implications and Complications
Dr Adam Straub Addiction Medicine Specialist

2:45pm – 3:15pm  | Afternoon tea

3:15pm – 4:25pm
Future directions of Oncology treatments for Metastatic cancers
Dr Wasek Faisal, Medical Oncologist, Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

4:25pm – 4:30pm  | Evaluations and close



Day One, Thursday 2nd May 2024

08:00am – 08:30am


8:30am -8:45am

Conference Opening & Welcome to Country
Dr Russell Pearce

8:45am – 9:00am

Opening Address
Mr Craig Wilding, Executive Director, Primary and Community Care Ballarat Health Services

9:00am – 9:10am

Sponsors acknowledgements – Sponsor slides

9:10am – 10:30am

Inequalities and Initiatives for Aging Populations
Ageism in Cancer Care.
Professor Meinir Krishnasamy – University of Melbourne

Using Technology to Engage In Dementia Care
Dr Tanya Petrovich, Business Innovation Manager, Centre for Dementia Learing, Dementia Australia

10:30am – 11:00am
Morning Tea

11:00am – 1:00pm

Inequalities and Initiatives for Aging Populations
Equitable and meaningful access to palliative Care on the Dementia/Frailty illness trajectory – Steven Pitman, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

Elder abuse – Dr Supriya Rama Krishnan, Gerontologist, Grampians Health

Frailty and EOLC/COVID – Dr Yih Chong Gerontologist, Grampians Health

Panel discussion – Prof. Krishnasamy, Dr Petrovich, Dr Rama Krishnan, Dr Chong and Mr Pitman

1:00pm – 1:45pm

1:45pm – 2:00pm

Digital Horizons
Latrobe University

2:00pm – 4:45pm

Psychosocial and Allied Health Dimensions in Palliative Care
Trauma informed and culturally sensitive practice in palliative care – Tanya Sherritt Senior Clinical Psychologist GH, and Emma Leehane Aboriginal hospital Liaison

Beyond the RoHo cushion – Kelsey Morcombe Senior Occupational Therapist Grampians Health , Renee Jenkins Occupational Therapist GH

Therapeutic Music – Peter Roberts

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Summary & Close of Day One
Dr Russell Pearce, Conference MC, Palliative Care Physician GRPCT)

6:30pm – 10:30pm
Theme – Back to the Future

Day Two, Friday 3rd May 2024

7:45am – 8:30am

Pre conference sessions
Therapeutic music
Virtual reality with Dementia Australia

8:45am – 9:00am

Welcome to Day Two Opening & Welcome to Country
Dr Russell Pearce, Conference MC, Palliative Care Physician GRPCT

9:00am – 10:00am

Looking at the Past to Lead us into Tomorrow
Dr David Brumley
Maree Kewish, NUM Gandarra
Violet Platt, CEO PCV
Regina Kendall NP, Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team

10:00am – 10:30am
Morning Tea

10:30am – 12:15pm

Digital Horizons in Palliative Care
Technology use in Palliative Care – Ass Prof Simon Egerton, LaTrobe University, Dr. Kan Yu, La Trobe University

What might the future hold? Digital health’s impact on Palliative Care – Dr Chris Pearce. Director of Research, Outcome Health. Ass Professor of Health Informatics, University of Melbourne.

12:15pm – 12:55pm

12:55pm – 2:40pm

Future innovations and trends
Victorian Virtual ED, Dr Mihaela Marginean, Northern Hospital
Organ donation and VAD, Larna Woodyatt, Nurse Donation Specialist, Organ and Tissue Donation

2:40pm – 3:00pm

3.00pm – 4:00pm

After death care and burial options
Annie DeJong, CEO Ballarat Cemeteries

4:00pm – 4:15pm

Announcement of prize winners

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Conference Thanks & Close


View our 2021 Conference.


The conference will be conducted according to the COVIDSAFE event plan that has been developed by the Victorian State Government.