Presented by: Teresa Read
Health, according to WHO, is ‘everyone’s responsibility’ so too is death, dying, loss and bereavement care. Mary Potter Hospice has evolved its model of Education in palliative care to promote a public health approach.
This presentation outlines the creative initiatives tested through enhanced collaboration and participation with the Wellington community. We have increased engagement with Maori and Pasifika communities, Arts and Creative practitioners, Schools and Community Development agencies. These include:
- Strategically engaging at governance level to integrate a public health approach to strategic planning and restructuring education services with dedicated hours to promote a public health approach to education
- Compassionate Communities programme developed: masterclass, public talks, participation in community events and increased media and social media presence in community.
- Medical Students using a creative reflection to explore their responses to visiting the dying
- Building Resilience in Midwifery with creative reflection: an interactive workshop on grief, loss and unexpected outcomes of birth
- Creative workshops exploring memory making and grief with patients, family/whanau and staff with the Voice Arts Trust
- Developing resources and using creative methods (puppet and kite-making) for working with school children to unlock their feelings and experiences of loss and grief.
- Healing through Storytelling with Maori and development of a Pasifika liaison role
- Engaging Wellington Artist Sheyne Tuffery in design of a Hospice street mural