Compassionate Communities are everyone’s business, that’s me, you, all individuals, families, peers, neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, health services, government, faith based, voluntary and other organisations and services. Each month the CCAus team will be having a conversation with a community champion, group or organisation who is engaging in Compassionate Communities as a practice. Our best hope is that that this will support the sharing of wisdom and foster collaborations. Our first conversation gets underway July 2 when we will be talking with Elham Day and Cara Doherty from Hummingbird House, Queensland. They will explore the role of a children’s hospice in connecting communities that care. They will also share how their learnings and reflections are adaptable to other contexts. There will be
opportunity to ask questions. To register go to:

If you are part of a Compassionate Community we would love to hear from you.

We are creating a directory of people, groups and organisations that are actively engaging or supporting Compassionate Communities. This directory will be your go to place if you want to find out who else is interested and taking action in your patch be it a town, city, state or the whole of Australia. For more info and
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Palliative Care week

Interest in Compassionate Communities (public health palliative care) was at an all time high during palliative care week with our Directors presenting at several forums across Australia. There was a lot of excitement about the role Compassionate Communities Australia can take in supporting the further development of Compassionate Communities across Australia.

Professor Samar Aoun (Chair, CCAus) with Michelle Elson (South West Compassionate Communities Network), Lenka Psar-McCabe (Palliative Care WA), Marian Tye, Paul Tye at the Palliative Care WA breakfast.

Professor Samar Aoun, Chair of CCAus and Dr Julian Abel, Director of Compassionate Communities UK spoke at the Palliative Care WA breakfast on how formal services can work with community to “Share the Care”. A copy of their presentations are available from

Maria Callaghan Far North Queensland Compassionate Communities and CCAus Director, Harpreet Kalsi-Smith at Government House, Queensland for the launch of Palliative Care Week.

Queensland Palliative Care Clinical Network & SPACE Statewide Forum. CCAus Directors Dr Jo Doran and Harpreet Kalsi-Smith spoke about Compassionate Communities. They are here with the Chair of the network Andrew Broadbent, Palliative Care Queensland CEO Louise O’Neill, Dr Etleva Harizaj, Ven Tsultrim from Karuna Hospice and consumer representative Vanessa Ballard.

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Compassionate Communities UK 

Compassionate Communities Australia is part of an international community of practice. Compassionate Communities UK is holding a conference focusing on community, compassion, end of life care and bereavement. It is about health, care & citizens coming together to make lives better at some of the toughest times we face. Find out more:

Live streaming & video on demand options are provided.

Get Dead Set

Dying to Know Day creates a space for people to have conversations around death and dying. Now in its twelfth year the focus will be on personalising final arrangements and building community. To register your event and for Dying to Know Day resources and updates, visit

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