Arts’ role in dementia and palliative care

Filed : Aged Care Projects, ARTS & HEALTH, Wellbeing projects .

Arts OutWest’s arts and health coordinator Christine McMillan talks about the JRV Forbes project at Dementia and Palliative Care information sessions in Bathurst, Parkes, Orange, Dubbo and Blacktown June 19-23 .

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

The sessions are free to attend but bookings are requested. Register on-line via

Blacktown – Monday 19 June

afternoon: 2.30pm-4.30pm Blacktown Hospital, lecture theatre

Bathurst – Tuesday 20 June

daytime: 11am-1pm Bathurst Hospital Heritage Building, lecture theatre

evening: 5-7pm Ponton Theatre, Charles Sturt Universtiy

Parkes – Wednesday 21 June

daytime: 11am-1pm Little Theatre, 34 Bogan St Parkes

evening: 5.30-7.30pm Little Theatre, 34 Bogan St Parkes

Orange – Thursday 22 June

daytime: 11am-1pm Orange Hospital, lecture theatre

evening: 5.30-7.30pm CWA Hall, Robertson Park, Byng St Orange

Dubbo – Friday 23 June

daytime: 11am-1pm Dubbo Hospital, George Hatch Building

evening: 5.30-7.30pm Wesley Uniting Church Hall, 64 Church St Dubbo

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.

For further information contact Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) NSW project manager Janeen Foffani 02 9515 6424 or 0428 970 012 or

Cover image: residents at JRV Forbes participating in the arts program.

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