I am a bit quiet on the posting at the moment as I am in Europe where I spoke at the biennial European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS) conference.
A short holiday to recharge my energies and catch up with friends has followed the conference, but I do want to let you know how the conference went.
I presented on disruptions to the funeral industry in Australia and EOL Doulas in Australia. There is a lot of interest about Doulas in Europe, coupled with a genuine concern that poorer people are able to access our services – many colleagues were wondering about government subsidies for EOL Doulas in fact.
I plan to return to the next conference in 2020, where my research into EOL Doulas will be the focus of my
If you would like to know mire about family-led or alternative funeral options, or are Doula-Curious ease do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to answer your questions.
I am proud to be here in Lisbon at the ESHMS conference “Old Tensions, Emerging Paradoxes in Health Rights Knowledge, and Trust”.
I have two presentations: ohne about EOL Doulas and their role in providing ongoing death literacy and continuity of care for clients, the other (a distributed paper) on disruption and tbe corporate funeral model in Australia.
My distributed papet abstract is on pages 74-75 of the program book. I feel so proud, this is a great accomplishment.
I have been offered a wonderful opportunity this week – I have been invited to present the lecture on “Death and Dying” for the Western Sydney University’s Health Psychology unit.
I will be concentrating my content in the following areas:
- The importance of using the correct terminology and plain speaking
- Compassionate communities and combatting lonliness
- Death literacy
- End Of Life choices and support in choice
- End Of Life Doulas
It is always fun and challenging for me to present a new lecture or lecture series, and I look forward to the week of May 14th when I will be presenting the lecture for students at both the Bankstown and Penrith campuses.
This is an excellent article for those wondering why access to medical cannabis is so horribly, needlessly difficult to attain in Australia.
We are working against an entrenched (and erroneous) myth of marijuana as a ‘gateway’ drug, the lingering damage of a War On Drugs mindset*, and a strong grip on the medical and legal pathways in Australia by pharmaceutical companies.
There is a good deal of evidence-based research available to us from several countries about the help cannabis oil and medical marijuana provides in chronic and End Of Life cases.
If you would like to find out more about your End Of Life choices please feel free to get in touch with me, I am happy to help you better understand your options.
*Frequently fuelled by religous prejudice as well as widespread public mis-information that dates back to the time of Randolph Hearst wanting to spend a few pennies less for bales of cotton paper to print newspapers rather than hemp paper – free anti-cannabis advertising anyone??! This is really true; therefore Rupert Murdoch is not the only media mogul to do a great disservice to our communities and societies by spreading lies and mistruths in order to further his own business ends (see phone hacking and the Milly Dowler case, for example). But that is probably another blog post for another day…
Came back from my – unplugged & lovely – holiday last night to discover that both of the abstracts I had submitted to the 17th Biennial conference with the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS) have been accepted!
The conference – Old Tensions, Emerging Paradoxes in Health: rights, knowledge, and trust – will see me speak about the role of End Of Life Doulas in Australia, as well as ownership of the body, and body autonomy, after death in Australia (including disruptions to the corporatised medical and funeral industry models we are currently seeing emerge in Australia). For example, in Victoria Natural Grace Funerals, and in NSW Picaluna – funeral alternatives like these two companies offer true choice, time, individualisation, and (often) much less expensive End Of Life/funeral options for their clients compared to traditional corporate models. Economies of scale have seen us with our current models, however it is always good to know what your rights, options and choices are.
If you are interested in a funeral that suits you and reflects your life and personality please do not hesitate to get in touch, I am happy to help you understand what your real choices are for funerals and End Of Life.
There is a very useful article from Discover Society which considers what happens in families – and in terms of acting like ‘family’ – when someone is at End Of Life.
The article also contains some useful additional reading at the bottom of the page.
Would you like to explore the world of End Of Life and building compassionate communities and networks, including family?